Long Time Visitors To The Islands

Long Time Visitors To The Islands

Carol and Max have been frequent visitors to the islands for decades. We started the early morning out by walking the flats on a low tide. It was perfect conditions with the wind in our favor. Carol and I walked and took photographs of the beautiful sea life on the flats while shelling. Max went exploring barefoot over the flats like a true native. I enjoyed talking to Max and listening to his stories. After walking the flats we went to the beach where we found many excellent shells. Carol was happy to find a few new shells, two large specimens of a large whelk and a horse conch. The shelling and beach combing were great and the conversations just as good. Thank you Carol and Max for a great day of exploring. Hope to see you at the Shell Fair this week.
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 11:53h, 05 March

    You got some beautiful shells there today!

    I can't wait to see your photos of the shell fair.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 11:58h, 05 March

    I will take a lot for ya Kim. The festivities start tomorrow at 5.

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 11:41h, 06 March

    I'm anxious too for your Shell fair report and pictures Capt. Brian!! Maybe one day I can be there for it!!!