Clear water at Cayo Costa and North Captiva Islands

Clear water at Cayo Costa and North Captiva Islands

I have had several people ask me about the water quality in Southwest Florida. These are photos I took today. The water was clear around North Captiva and Cayo Costa Islands. It was another beautiful day on the water. For more information on water quality, here is a great page to see what water samples are showing.

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.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 16:32h, 14 July


  • Kathy H
    Posted at 02:43h, 02 August

    I am so happy that Cayo Costa and North Captiva have not been affected by the water issues. They are such beautiful areas. Cayo Costa is a treasure! I wish I was there….