The Bahamas and Castaway Cay are a long way from Scottsdale, Arizona, and our home in McDowell Mountain Ranch. But we made it there and you can too.
Our Stop at Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island
Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island (Interesting fact: The Castaway Cay Island was first discovered by European settlers in 1783 in exile from th
e American Revolution).
The final stop on our 7-night cruise is Castaway Cay (pronounced “key”) – Disney’s private port. This being Disney’s private island, there is no shortage of stuff to do, and it is all done with a tremendous Disney feel. The island features family, youth, and adult activities. There is something to keep everyone busy and entertained.
There are a ton of water activities, including snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing and fishing. Different spots around the island rent out the equipment needed.
While the family went on a 5K run, I got up early and set off to grab the best spot on the beach. We planned on the family beach, as the adult beach allows no one under 18, which we have 2. After waiting several hours for the family, I got frustrated. I started looking for them. I went back to the boat and then luckily ran into the on the tram form the ship to the beach area.
We got set up on the beach, got a cocktail and looked at our schedule. First thing on the schedule was feeding the Rays, at Castaway Cay String Ray Adventure. We set off to not only swim with the Sting Rays, but feed them too. It was pretty cool as they would grab the food out of your hand and your finger could easily get grabbed. It was link a pinch from another finger, strong but not really like a bite.
Take a look at our adventure through this video I shot with my GoPro helmet camera.
String Ray Buffet
Swimming with the Sting Rays
First, we met with Zhivago to learn how to feed the Giant Sting Rays. He was a very polite young man from the Bahamas with quite a sense of humor. He went through the process and within minutes the Sting Rays were eating right out of hands.
Then we took off to swim with the Sting Rays. It was very cool!
After the Sting Ray Buffet, we got snorkeling gear and explored the waters of Castaway Cay!
I think we had the most fun snorkeling. It really helped that I had my Go Pro Camera and was with 4 Girls. They went crazy with the under water selfies.
We came across this Sunken Treasure.
There was a lot of sea life that would swim right up to you. I would reach my hand out and almost touch them, when they would casually swim just out of my reach. It was soooo cool!
They were very colorful. The water was crystal clear so you could see a long way.