Are you looking for an island adventure with a little something for everyone? Well, located in the Bahamian Cays approximately 55 miles north of Nassau lies CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island. It is one of our favorite destinations on a cruise because of all the fun things this Royal Caribbean exclusive destination has to offer. Here’s a list of our top 5 things to do for a Perfect Day at CocoCay!
1. Thrill Waterpark
You will need to purchase an extra pass to get into CocoCay’s Thrill Waterpark but, believe us, it is worth the extra money. After purchasing the Thrill pass, either before your cruise or day-of, you can enter the waterpark by scanning your sea pass card at the park entrance. It is a full-day pass, so you can leave and come back as many times as you would like during your day on the island. Complimentary lockers are available near the main entrance, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your valuables unattended under a beach chair.
The waterpark has two main water slide towers. The first is Daredevil’s Tower, with seven body slides distributed along the climb and the tallest water slide in North America located at the top (more on that one later). There are tube slides, open-channel slides, and two drop slides as well. My husband said the drop slides were an absolute blast with how the floor just drops out from underneath your feet. Either start at the top or work your way up from the bottom, but make sure to try out all seven slides on Daredevil’s Tower!
The second water slide tower has three different kinds of water slides and is called Splash Summit. The first slide, Sling Shot, sends your multiple-person raft through a few twists and turns before picking up some extra speed on a drop that sends your raft up a steep incline. For a long second, you experience a zero-gravity feeling before going back down again to the landing pool below. The second slide is called Twister. This tube slide is either single or double rider and is my favorite tube water slide (probably of anywhere, not just CocoCay)! It’s fast and has lots of twists and turns with fun, colorful segments. The third slide is called Splash Speedway. This mat slide is a race between you and other riders down to the bottom. This is fun if you’re competitive—loser buys the next basket of mozzarella sticks (just kidding, they’re free).
Other fun thrill adventures in the park include a wave pool with continuous waves and an activity pool with lily pad crossings, rope swinging, and a small climbing wall. You could definitely spend your whole day just at CocoCay’s Thrill Waterpark. There’s food and drink options there as well!
2. Daredevil’s Peak
Daredevil’s Peak is the tallest water slide in North America, and it’s a thrilling adventure you can’t miss! It’s located at the very top of Daredevil’s Tower in CocoCay’s Thrill Waterpark (described earlier) and it’s cool enough to get its own dedicated shoutout. Daredevil’s Peak is 135 feet tall and it takes about 35 seconds to go down. It’s fast, it’s fun, and it’s a must do if you love water slides! It’s probably one of the fastest slides I’ve been on and it just. keeps. dropping. On your way to the top of Daredevil’s Tower, you’ll pass by several other awesome slides (definitely go back and ride them all), but Daredevil’s Peak is a “main event” that’s worth the climb. Be sure to take in the view once you reach the top—you’re over 12 stories up!
*Pro Tip-either do this first thing when you get off the ship or later in the day. The line can get quite long mid-day to early afternoon.
3. Chill Island
Chill Island is exactly what it sounds like—chill. It’s perfect if you feel like just relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze. There is no fee to enjoy this area, so get there early and grab a spot! There are several beaches along the ocean or lagoon that have lounge chairs (included) that are perfect for a lazy day. If you would like to throw in some adventure, water activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and beach volleyball are also available for a rental cost. If you don’t mind a little swim, there’s a floating bar just out from the beach!
In addition, there is also the Oasis Lagoon Pool, which is the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Dive under the water, and you’ll be surprised to hear music playing through the underwater speakers. This pool is family friendly, however be aware that it can get quite rowdy since there is a swim up bar that is definitely a party spot! We like to get a cabana near this pool because it provides shade from the sun or protection from the rain, since both can come and go throughout the day in the Caribbean. The cabana includes an attendant that helps all day with beverages and food service. The cabana even had sand toys for my boys—an extra perk!
4. Floating Cabana
The floating cabanas are the prime spot for a more private relaxing island experience and are located in the CocoCay Beach Club. These are ideal if you are looking for the perfect relaxing tranquil day with your family or group. The cabanas include a small slide into the ocean, a shower, a mini bar and refrigerator, couches, table and chairs, a water hammock, and more. There is an attendant that comes by all day who can help with any food/beverage requests. They even brought a few surprise snacks and drinks for us (and they were awesome). I enjoyed relaxing in the water hammock with a beverage, my husband and older son had fun on the slide and swimming in the water, and my younger son loved napping on the couch in the shade with the fresh sea breeze.
*Pro tip-these book out early, so when they become available you definitely want to reserve it right away.
5. Kids Activities
There two main little kid activity areas: a giant pirate ship and a huge splash-pad playground with water slides. The giant pirate ship is the first thing you see when you arrive at CocoCay—it’s hard to walk by and not have the little kids wanting to play on it, so be prepared for a little play break! My boys love pretending to be pirates, so they have the best time on this.
*Pro Tip-adults are allowed on it too and you can actually get a great picture of your cruise ship up on the top! Make sure to put your camera or phone in a waterproof case though.
The second main kids area is called Splashaway Bay and it’s like a little waterpark for young kids—but at no extra cost. In the center is a giant splash-pad playground with bridges, platforms, and water spraying and dumping everywhere! Off to the side, there’s even an area with five water slides that are perfect for kids who are still a bit too small for the Thrill slides. There is still a certain height requirement for the slides, but my four year old was able to go on these and have a blast!
(Bonus!) Zip line and Balloon Ride
There is a 1,600-foot long zip line course that criss-crosses over the island. We have not tried this yet, but it definitely looks like fun if you love high adventures.
There is also a giant helium balloon called Up, Up, and Away that takes you 450 feet above the ground. This is a great place to view everything and take awesome pictures! The balloon is highly dependent on the weather though, so you may need to be a bit flexible with your planning.
Overall, we absolutely love CocoCay because there is truly something for everyone, whether you love adventuring or relaxing (or both). We highly recommend going here as a port stop when traveling on Royal Caribbean. There’s enough great things to do that you can go back again and again and have a super fun and different experience each time. Some itineraries even stop here twice in one voyage and can definitely pull it off. You’ll hear it a lot, but it really is a Perfect Day at CocoCay!