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Which Disney Castaway Cay Excursions and Activities are the best?

Now you have booked your Disney cruise you are probably very excited to be sailing to Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

However, which are the best Disney Castaway Cay excursions? Which activities do you want to do on Disney’s Castaway Cay?

Disney Castaway Cay Activities

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Here is our guide to all the Disney Castaway Cay Activities and Excursions.

This article was updated in December 2023.

There are two main types of activities on Castaway Cay. Those you pay extra for and those which are included.

It is very possible to go to Disney’s Castaway Cay and not spend any extra money on activities.

Castaway Cay is a highlight of your Disney Cruise and is a favorite port for many cruisers. You can just relax on the beach and enjoy the ocean. No extra costs are needed.

However, there are some special Disney Castaway Cay excursions and activities that you may want to consider which cost extra.

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Castaway Cay Free Activities

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The most obvious thing to do on Disney’s Castaway Cay is to enjoy one of the beaches. There are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas for everyone.

You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to have a great time, the Castaway beaches are beautiful, and a great way to unwind and relax.

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Castaway Cay Beaches

There are two main beaches on Disney’s Castaway Cay: Castaway Cay Family Beach and Castaway Serenity Bay.

The most popular beach is the Castaway Cay Family Beach.

This is the first beach that you will see when you either take the tram or walk from the ship.

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The island is small so you will not have very far to walk. If you prefer, there is a tram. Usually, the wait for the tram is not too long.

Disney’s Castaway Cay Family Beach is for everyone. You aren’t exactly going to be on your own out there, but the island is large enough so that you will not feel as though you are overcrowded.

If you are sailing on the Disney Wonder or the Magic, these ships are much smaller than the Fantasy and Dream. Therefore you are going to have a lot fewer people on the beach to share with.

The Disney Wish has the same amount of guests as the Fantasy and the Dream.

Castaway Cay Serenity Bay is the adult beach. Usually, this is quieter.

Of course, you don’t have children on the beach as this is strictly for the over-18s.

However, we have been on the beach sometimes when it seems to be just as busy as the Family Beach.

It really does depend upon the composition of your particular Disney cruise. Some just don’t have as many kids on board.

The ocean at Castaway Cay is mostly shallow and ideal for simply relaxing and enjoying gentle swimming. I am 5′ 4″ and can usually stand up in the water near the shore on the Family Beach.

One thing that you really might not expect at Castaway Cay is that the level of the ocean floor changes as the day goes on.

The sand on the bottom really does move! So always be aware that the depth can change.

There are plenty of lifeguards and there is a very clearly designated area where you are not supposed to go past. It feels very safe.

It also hurts your feet!

The sand is full of small shells and stones which can be really painful on the feet.

I always take water shoes


Particularly for the kids.

At the edge of the Family Beach is a part of the beach that is reserved for Concierge Guests only.

This, of course, is the best beach area as there are very few guests on it, particularly if you are sailing on one of the Disney classic ships the Wonder or Magic.

Pelican Plunge

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A popular attraction at the Family Beach on Castaway Cay is Pelican Plunge. This is a 2,400 floating platform out a short distance from the shore in a sectioned-off area of the ocean.

There are two water slides to enjoy. Lines do form, so if you want to go to Pelican Plunge it is best to do it as soon as you arrive on Castaway Cay.

You can read all about Castaway Cay Pelican Plunge here

You can enjoy all the beaches on Disney Castaway Cay for free. However, if you want to rent a float or inner tube this is a lot of fun.

Castaway Cay float or inner tube rental costs $13 for the whole day.

If you are sailing on a Castaway Cay Double Dip the price is $16 for 2 days. A double-dip is a Disney Cruise with 2 stops at Castaway Cay.

There really isn’t a need to rent one for everyone if you want to cut down on costs. We usually get one between the two of us.

The inner tube is the most popular. It isn’t exactly dignified getting on and off this! However, once you master the art of just throwing yourself onto it you will be fine!

The blue float is ok but we all prefer the inner tube. If you change your mind about which one you want, you can always swap it for the other kind.

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Castaway Cay 5K

If you are feeling energetic the Disney Castaway Cay 5K is one of the most popular activities. The Castaway Cay 5K is free to enter and you even get a medal when you finish!

The emphasis is on fun rather than the race for the finish. Anyone can participate provided they are at least 10 years old. It is a lot of fun to take part in this informal Disney Castaway Cay 5K.

You no longer need to register to participate in the Castaway Cay 5K.

You can start the route at any time that you want. However, you are probably best to do this in the early morning before the heat of the day builds.

So, if you’re a runner, or even if you’re not, the Castaway Cay 5k is a great way to go sightseeing and get your legs moving. You’ll come away from this free run with more than a medal!

The Disney Castaway Cay 5K race really is meant to be fun. There are water stations along the route. Make sure that you take advantage of them and stay hydrated. Castaway Cay can get pretty hot, even at that time of the morning.

The 5K really is one of the most popular of the Disney Castaway Cay Excursions and Activities.

How much does the Castaway Cay 5K cost? It’s completely free! What’s not to like?

Castaway Cay Bike Rentals

If you’re looking for an early morning activity, and a great way to go sightseeing, renting a bike from the Castaway Cay Bike rental place is a great idea.

You can rent a bicycle on Castaway Cay for $13 an hour. A 2-day rental is $16.

They really are pretty flexible with this hour limit though – no one is actually watching the clock to make you return the bike on time.

There are a number of different-size bikes to choose from.

You can also rent a bike with a baby seat.

All riders under the age of 18 have to wear a helmet. It is optional but recommended for adults.

There are 1.5 miles of bike trails on Castaway Cay.

All of the trails are paved and it is very easy getting around the island. It is a lot of fun to explore places that you wouldn’t usually see.

There are a couple of lookout towers along the way. It is the same track that the 5K uses.

The sun can be pretty strong in Castaway Cay so always wear sunscreen. Also, it may be better to have your bike ride early in the morning. It can get pretty hot!

Boat Rentals on Disney Castaway Cay

Disney Dream at Castaway Cay

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You will find a good choice of boat rentals on the beach close to the ship. Prices vary for these. Here are the prices for 30 minutes of rental time:

Sea Kayak 1 seater $18 2 seater $23

Hobie Cat $32

Aqua Trike $26

Paddle Boat 2 seater $16 4 seater $21

Fun Kat $31

Stand-up Paddle Board $19

Chiliboats Waterbikes $29 for ages 14 and up

For the Hobie Kat, you do need to have previous sailing experience.

Just be careful and be aware that the sun can get pretty hot out there! Be sure to always use sunscreen and wear a hat.

You get some amazing views of the ship out on the water so be ready with your phone or camera to take some pictures.

The best time of day to rent a boat at the Castaway Cay is early in the morning, or in the evening, when the beaches are less busy, and the sun isn’t as strong.

Disney Castaway Cay Snorkelling

Snorkeling is very popular on Castaway Cay. You can bring your own equipment.

However, snorkel equipment is available to rent on Castaway Cay for $34 for adults and $18 for ages 5 to 9.

A Castaway Cay Double Dip 2-day rental is $45 for adults and $23 for children.

This is the price for an all-day snorkel rental. It includes a snorkel, mask, fins, and snorkel vest.

You might want to think about taking your own Snorkel Mask

with you. You can get a decent set for less than the price of the rental.

Consider going on your snorkeling adventure in the morning, to avoid the harsh sun, and experience the stillest water.

You can find out more details at Castaway Cay Snorkeling.

Castaway Cay Banana Boat Thrill Ride

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If you are looking for a thrilling banana boat ride this is available for $45. You do have to be at least 8 years old to participate.

It promises to be a high-speed ride along the Bahamas, allowing you both the thrill and serenity of the Caribbean.

Castaway Cay Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage

This glass-bottom boat voyage is available for all ages.

The cost is $59 for adults and $39 for ages 3 to 9 and $39 for 0 to 2.

The voyage takes about an hour.

In this hour, you will see the beautiful wildlife surrounding the boat, in its natural habitat. Plus, the kids will love it too!

Castaway Cay Getaway Package

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The Castaway Getaway Package lets you bundle some rentals, this will let you save money, and avoids the hassle of bringing in your own equipment.

This includes snorkel equipment, a float or tube rental, and a bike rental. The cost is $46 for ages 10 and up. There is a discount for children aged 5 to 9 as the price is only $26.

There is a Castaway Cay Double Dip 2-day price of $60 for adults and $33 for children.

If you know you are going to need all 3 of these rentals it will save you money. However, you must book this onboard the Disney ships as it is not available on Castaway Cay once you are there.

Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure

Castaway Cay Stingray

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This activity is great for nature lovers who love being in the water, and aren’t afraid of a little adventure.

This is a very popular excursion. It does get booked up so be sure to book online as soon as you can. There is a special Stingray area for this excursion.

Guests learn about these fascinating creatures and then get the chance to spend some time in the water snorkeling with them.

The Castaway Ray Stingray Adventure lasts about an hour and costs $56 for adults and $45 for children aged 5 to 9.

You do have to be accompanied by an adult if you are under 17.

You can see more detail about this Disney Castaway Cay excursion at

Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure

You can also have a Getaway Package and Snorkel with the Stingrays activity for $66 for adults and $51 for children aged 5 to 9.

The Wild Side Teen Adventure

There is a special excursion for teens available on Castaway Cay. Teens must be at least 14 to participate. This experience includes snorkeling, biking, and a high-speed boat ride.

The excursion starts with snorkeling in the Snorkel Lagoon. Then you will ride around the island on a bike.

For most teens, the highlight of this Disney Castaway Cay excursion is the high-speed boat ride.

The cost of this Castaway Cay activity is $54.

This activity is suspended right now.

Castaway Cay Walking and Kayak Nature Tour

This kayak and walking tour is only available to those aged 10 and up. The cost is $73 and the excursion lasts about 3 hours.

The first part of the Castaway Cay excursion is the guided walk which takes around 45 minutes.

Then you will board a double kayak to explore the tidal zones and mangroves around Disney’s private island. You finish your Disney Castaway Cay excursion with some time on a private beach.

This 3-hour Castaway Cay activity costs $73 for ages 10 and up.

This is a great activity for those with moderate levels of fitness and allows you to see a large amount of the island.

Castaway Cay Sandbar Beach Adventure

If you want an adventurous Disney Castaway Cay excursion this could be the one for you. Guests start on a Zodiac Rigid Hull inflatable and take a fast ride out to a deserted sandbar.

You get away from the crowds and can sunbathe or swim as you want. Guests 21 and older can enjoy a sampling of Bahamian rum.

This Castaway Cay port excursion is for ages 8 to 70. The cost is $77 per person.

This activity is suspended right now.

Castaway Cay Extreme Getaway Package

This Castaway Cay package lets you bundle up various options so that you can save some money. It combines snorkel equipment rental, bike rental a float or inner tube, and the Castaway Ray Stingray Adventure.

The cost for this Castaway Cay adventure is $88 for ages 10 and up and $67 for children aged 5 to 9.

This is a great option for families who plan on getting around the island and want some adventure to boot!

Abaco Rigid Hull Snorkeling Adventure

This excursion is for adults only. The age range specified is 18 to 70 and the cost is $89.

If you enjoy snorkeling and want something more challenging then this could be the Castaway Cay excursion for you. You travel to a snorkel site on a Zodiac Rigid Hull Inflatable. The snorkel site is between 6 to 15 feet deep.

You will also get a sample of Bahamian rum after the snorkeling is finished – not good to combine the two activities!

You will most likely see more fish than you will closer to the shore.

This activity is suspended right now.

Castaway Cay Watercraft Ski Adventure

This is the only way to rent a jet ski on Castaway Cay. It is a timed, guided excursion. The cost for 1 hour is $183 and you need to be at least 18 years old to drive a Wave Runner. Passengers must be 8 and up.

The guide will take you out to open waters before returning to Boat Beach after about 1 hour. Guests must weigh less than 375 pounds.

This activity is suspended right now.

Castaway Cay Parasailing

This Castaway Cay excursion will give you a very different view of Disney’s private island!

Parasailing is available for anyone aged 8 and up weighing between 90 and 375 pounds. Single rides are not guaranteed and you may be required to ride tandem, depending upon the weather conditions.

Your actual air time will last about 5 to 7 minutes. You will reach heights of between 600 to 800 feet.

This is certainly a very thrilling experience. The cost is one of the more expensive excursions on Castaway Cay. It is $129 for all ages 8 and up.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline kick, and a view like no other, this is a great way to try parasailing and make unforgettable memories.

Castaway Cay Snorkeling

This excursion also uses a Zodiac to take guests out into a snorkeling site. All equipment is included and you will spend about 90 minutes of actual snorkeling time. There is a snack and beverage provided on your way back to Castaway Cay.

The cost of this Castaway Cay Snorkelling Adventure is $122 for adults and $109 for ages 6 to 9.

There is an adult-only departure for $89.

This activity is suspended right now.

Castaway Cay Fly Fishing Adventure

If fishing is your thing you may want to think about this Castaway Cay excursion. Take a 2 person boat out with a guide.

All equipment is included. This is a catch-and-release fishing excursion. The cost is $259 for ages 8 and up.

This is a perfect activity for those who love to fish and a great way to share the love of fishing with the whole family!

Abaco Backcountry Fishing Adventure

This activity is suspended right now.

With this excursion, you fish in the backwaters of Castaway Cay. The cost is $84 for this 3-hour excursion. You need to be at least 8 to participate.

If you enjoy fishing but are looking for something a little different, consider the Abaco Back Country Fishing Adventure which will add a sense of adventure to your fishing trip!

Castaway Cay Guided Watercraft Ski Adventure

This is for anyone aged 8 and up who wants to ride a Wave Runner. This is for two people and you must share your Wave, Runner.

You do have to be 18 to drive, but anyone aged 8 and up can be a passenger. The cost is $183.

So if you’re looking for a thrill, and love being out in the water, this is the perfect activity for you and your loved ones. Just make sure you have an even number in your group.

Abaco Flats Fly Fishing

This activity is suspended right now.

If you prefer fly fishing you can take this Castaway Cay excursion. At $243 for anyone aged 8 to 70, this is the most expensive of all of the Castaway Cay port adventures.

You will be taken to a local flats fishing area. You may even catch a barracuda. As with all of the Disney Castaway Cay fishing experiences, all equipment is provided and it is catch and release.

Although on the expensive side, this is a great activity for fishing fanatics. The only thing you need is yourself, and some confidence!

Booking Disney Castaway Cay Excursions and Adventures

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You will be able to book most Castaway Cay Adventures and Excursions prior to your cruise. You can do this online. Also when you board the ships you can go to the Port Adventures Desk.

All excursions are subject to availability. Some do get booked up well ahead of time so if you know what you want to do be sure to book as soon as you can.

All Disney Castaway Cay Excursions and Activities activities prices are correct as of July 2019.

Cancellations are fully refunded if they are made up to 3 days prior to your cruise departure date.

Which Disney Castaway Cay Excursions and Activities do you want to experience?

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Sunday 9th of July 2023

Seems like a lot of the watercraft options, like the jet skis, are still "suspended". Might anyone know when/if they're bringing these back?


Monday 10th of July 2023

Unfortunately I am not sure why these are still not offered or when they are bringing them back


Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Another great post Alison! I appreciate your time with posting all this great information. We can't wait to go!

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Sunday 1st of March 2020

[…] are lots of activities on Castaway Cay to choose from.  You can snorkel, paraglide, kayak, meet the stingrays, rent a bike. There are […]


Monday 3rd of December 2018

Castaway Cay looks way better than I could’ve imagined. So many activities, plus it’s Beach Fun with Disney Fun all in one place!


Friday 30th of November 2018

We never got to experience anything on Castaway Cay! We were evacuated due to a storm after 15 minutes of getting off the ship! :(


Friday 30th of November 2018

Really sorry to hear that! I hope that you get the chance to visit again one day.