Live Olive Shells

Live Olive Shells

I spent the whole day today with a long time client. We started the trip by traveling to Boca Grande. Taking in the sights and venturing to one of my favorite restaurants, Temptation’s.  The food was superb as usual. Then we headed back south to Cayo Costa. The water was clear and the tide was very low. We anchored on the gulf side and promptly found the beach loaded with live lettered olive shells. Sand dollars were photographed in there natural setting. The beach was unusually quiet today. It reminded me of when I was camping in the everglades walking the beach at Cape Sable. The beach was full of tranquillity.

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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 01:17h, 18 April

    I love olives! That one in the first picture looks like a beauty.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:34h, 18 April

    I love olives too. I have quite the collection.