Castaway Cay is a private island in the Bahamas which serves as an exclusive port for the four Disney Cruise Line ships Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy. It is located near Great Abaco Island and was formerly known as Gorda Cay.
Gorda Cay was once used as a stop for drug runners. There is an airstrip on the island, but it is no longer in regular use nor maintained. Gorda Cay had also been used for filming; the beach where Tom Hanks first encounters Daryl Hannah in Splash is on the island.
The island is developed in the theme of a castaway community, with buildings made to look as if they had been improvised after a shipwreck. The facilities are maintained like any other Disney theme park, and the shops accept guests’ stateroom keys for payment. The food service is operated as an extension of the cruise package.
A variety of activities are available to guests including bicycle hire, personal watercraft rental, massages overlooking the ocean, snorkeling, para-sailing, volleyball and basketball. There are monkey bars and a rope for children to climb across on one beach and a waterslide on another beach. There are three beaches for guests: one for families, one for families and teens, and another exclusively for adults, called Serenity Bay.
Castaway Cay has about 100 permanent residents which keep the island running daily. It also has its own transportation with fuel it developed itself. Sea water is desalinated for drinking with reverse osmosis water processors. A post office on the island has special Bahamian postage specific to Disney Cruise Line, and a “Castaway Cay” postmark.