Note: This is the second in a series about Castaway Cay
One of the questions I get every now and again is: "My husband/father (note: not usually the woman) doesn't like to just sit on the beach. What is there to do at Castaway Cay?" After my shock of thinking someone doesn't like to sit on the beach (seriously..what is there not to like? Sun, gorgeous view, chairs, umbrellas, servers coming to take your drink order?) I empathize because my husband is one of those people. About 30 minutes of beach time is all he needs. Luckily Castaway Cay is a great stop for us because I can have beach time while he's entertained with other activities.
First, Disney has all kinds of Port Adventures available on Castaway Cay. You can go parasailing, snorkeling, water skiing, kayaking, go to Castaway Ray's stingray adventure or do a glass bottom boat tour. You can book all of these online before you leave for your trip or you can visit the Port Adventures Desk onboard to set up your excursions when you get onboard.
If a guided group excursion isn't for you then no worries - there are rentals available on the island so you can explore on your own. There are bicycles to rent for $6/hr. There are mens and womens bikes, kids bikes including bikes with training wheels and bikes with a child seat on the back. Disney also has helmets available. There is a nice bike path on the island. You can also rent floats and snorkeling equipment. And there is an area to rent boats including paddle boats and water trikes. I will warn you that the water trikes are a lot harder than they look!
There is also a full schedule of Cruise team sponsored activities at Castaway Cay. Your daily navigator will list all the fun things going on for the day on the island. One of the more popular events is the 5K. Runners and walkers meet by the bike rentals and can participate in a "race" around the island. Participants get a special prize upon completion. Other activities include beach volleyball, yoga, crab races and of course character meet and greets.
Want to get out of the sun for a bit? In-Da-Shade games offers complimentary billiards, ping-pong, foosball, shuffleboard, giant checkers and basketballs.
Definitely something for everyone on Castaway Cay!