Busy Bee and Crew

Busy Bee and Crew

The day was filled with adventure, wildlife and  shells.  Wendy, Lori, Katie, Kim and Chablis explored with me today on Cayo Costa. We witnessed a sea turtle nest that was less than 10 hours old. (Currently 19 nests on Cayo as of today.) Two of the ladies found sand dollars for the first time. Two hard to find guadia nauticas were found much to my amazement. Other shells found were worm shells, chestnut turbines, sun ray venus, and a very rare sea horse. Wow what a find! We also did some geocatching. Kim had asked months ago to check out geocatches on Cayo Costa and gave me the lat and long. I had looked at the lat and long two months ago. It wasn’t until last week that I discovered the catch while paddle boarding an isolated location on Cayo Costa.  After a fun time on the beach we ate a quick lunch on the boat. They brought me my own sandwich which was very thoughtful. I pulled the anchor and we started to make our way back to Captiva when a large pod of dolphins appeared at the bow of the boat.  What a treat, the ladies enjoyed the dolphin. Many firsts and good finds were found today, you never know what the sea will give up.

Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 21:52h, 24 May

    Nice side table – Will the uses for your bucket never end? The ladies visited me in Englewood today & had a nice shark's tooth haul. They said they had an amazing time yesterday & that you are the best shelling guide evah!

    Take good care,


  • pam @ iLoveShelling
    Posted at 01:32h, 27 May

    That seahorse was a fantastic find!! And…. to find lunch already made? That's a pretty good find too.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:36h, 27 May

    That's an affirmative on the sea horse and lunch!