View Full Version : Bringing your own Snorkeling Gear to Castaway Cay

08-21-2006, 05:45 PM
I was planning on buying my kids their own snorkeling gear for Christmas to use at Castaway Cay. We are cruising the Western 2/24/07. I have read on a few threads that disney does not allow you to snorkel in their snorkeling area with your own gear. Is this really true? Thanks in advance!

08-21-2006, 06:13 PM
You are allowed to bring your own. We've done this 4 times. They do make you have a vest, but you can borrow theirs.

Pooh's Purple Pal
08-21-2006, 06:30 PM
We always bring our own, you just have to use one of their bright yellow vests so they can keep track of you. :thumbsup2

08-21-2006, 06:39 PM
We also bring our own. You can purchase for about what they charge to rent (at least for the kids), you know how they have been cleaned, and you know that the mask works for you.
Should be a great gift. Try to find a pool for them to use their new gear before the cruise, so they know how to breathe with the snorkel.

08-21-2006, 07:33 PM
Where do you get the yellow vest? At the snorkeling rental area? Is there a charge for use of the vest only? Thanks!

08-21-2006, 07:50 PM
I'm not 100% sure where to get the vest, but you can borrow it for free.

08-21-2006, 08:16 PM
Where do you get the yellow vest? At the snorkeling rental area? Is there a charge for use of the vest only? Thanks!

Yes, get vest at Snorkeling area, at the place where they rent all the other equipment. No charge for the vest.

08-21-2006, 08:19 PM
Vests are free since DCL requires a vest for everyone in the snorkle lagoon. If you choose to snorkle in the regular swimming area, though, one is not required. My kids have taken their own gear to CC twice, and they love it!

You can get the vests at the snorkel pick up area "Gil's Fins". If you "get caught" in the snorkle lagoon without a vest, the lifeguard at the 1st station has a supply at his stand, too. We saw that happen repeatedly throughout the day. :dance3:

08-21-2006, 08:21 PM
I have high end snorkeling equipment that I purchased for scuba diving that I will be bringing.

My wife didn't have anything and I ended up getting her this at Amazon:


It includes a nice carry bag for the equipment, the Dry Snorkel so water doesn't go in and split fins. She hasn't used them yet....we will be trying them out at our pool.

I had a $10 certificate and Amazon Prime so I got it for $35 and free shipping.

We have 2 days at Castaway Cay, so it would have cost $50 to rent. This was a much better option.