Snorkeling at Castaway Cay
Imagine snorkeling out into the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, the water temperature a beautiful 25℃, the water crystal clear, the sand a glistening white color.
You swim around looking at the amazing fish and then you see it heading towards you. A Magnificent Sea turtle. You then spend the next two-three minutes swimming with the majestic sea animal.
This was our experience when we recently went on an amazing Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream and snorkeled at Disney’s Castaway Cay.
Disney’s Castaway Cay is Disney’s own private island, located in the Bahamas, near the Great Aboca Island. Back in 1999, Disney signed a 99-year lease from the Bahamian Government which allows it to be an exclusive port for the Disney Cruise line. And like all things Disney they quickly invested in the island to make it a tropical oasis.
The real advantage of Castaway Cay is the fact that the Cruise ships can dock on the island which makes disembarking a very quick and easy process. In the past, most cruise ships would have to tender off whatever island they are stopping at, and you would have to catch a smaller boat over to the island. But not at Castaway Cay. Instead, you just wander down to the main level and walk off the boat. Using your Drivers license (Or passport) as ID, and your key to the world card.
Castaway is a beautiful island to visit and has so much to do, you can hire a bike, go on waterslides, shop, swim, eat. There are kids clubs for your children and even adult only areas. There is also a huge list of activities you can participate in, including glass bottom boats. So with so much to do, you might decide that snorkeling isn’t high on your list. If that’s the case I suggest you reconsider as it really was a beautiful place to snorkel.
Now you can bring your own snorkeling gear on the Cruise ship, but if space is an issue you can hire it on Castaway Cay, and I have to admit it’s not cheap. But it’s one of those times you think to yourself. I have spent all this money getting here, surely I can pay $34.00 to hire an adult sized mask, a snorkel, a snorkel vest (mandatory) you blow these up to add extra buoyancy and a pair of fins. Kids aged 5-9 can hire children sized ones for only $18.00
Initially, I wasn’t going to head out in the water, the boys were just going to head out whilst I relaxed on the beach, but I am so glad I went out. These experiences, like the Rainbow Reef in Disney Aulani resort, are moments in time that I will remember for a very long time, and now thanks to youtube, you can too.
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Have you ever been snorkeling before?
I have only done snorkeling once but an experienced person would surely tell you that the color of water is perfect for this activity. I would surely share this with people who are fan of island life.
That cruise ship is UNBELIEVABLE! I’ve only cruised once and don’t think I’d do it again…but perhaps the Bahamas might change my mind…
I love snorkeling, diving and swimming with the turtles! I try to see them on every dive trip. Leaving soon and been thinking about where we always see them. If you loved this,perhaps you would like diving. Actually I have been diving in the Bahamas and at Abaco. Great job videoing the turtle!I have lots on diving among other travel experiences on my site.
The video is so lovely! I’m not big on snorkelling but have recently decided to start giving it more of a chance after snorkelling with wild dolphins in NZ.
This looks like a beautiful place to go snorkelling! It’s a shame the hire prices are so high but like you say it’s worth it. Would be a shame to travel all the way there and not have this underwater treat!
I get you when you say how awesome it was swimming with a Magnificent Sea turtle. I have been scuba diving in Lakshadweep which is a tropical archipelago of 36 atolls and coral reefs in the Laccadive Sea, off the coast of Kerala, India. We have also done snorkelling in Maldives. The sea life, the corals, absolutely mesmerising the sea world is.
Oh wow that looks amazing! Must have been such a great experience to snorkel with sea turtles. And loved the video 🙂
The waters in the Caribbean are so amazing for snorkelling and diving – it’s been 15 years since I was in this part of the world but this inspires me to want to go again!
Lovely video. The water at Disney’s Castaway Cay seems pretty transparent. I would die to see turtles swimming. This one’s just great.
I love the ocean and I can spend hours snorkeling and diving. The video you made is stunning and the colour of the water is just perfect. Love the turtles.
Wow, this looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂