May On The Water

May On The Water

Veteran shellers returned for a fun filled trip. We started by going to “little avocet island”. This is a little sand bar that comes and goes throughout the year. It has not been there for 8 months but appeared 2 weeks before they arrived. After spending some time on this little speck of sand we traveled farther north. The Gulf waters were beautiful. Sand dollars were found along with many olive shells. Manatees and dolphins were spotted. On the return trip we saw my old friend the magnificent frigate bird. Gail and I both took many pictures of this close encounter. Thanks for a wonderful day on the water. Capt. Brian
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.

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 11:44h, 21 May

    Looks like it was a beautiful day with some great shelling finds! Love the murex and sand dollars. And, seeing dolphins and manatees is always a special treat.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 23:55h, 21 May

    What a beautiful day! Doesn't get any better than blue skies, calm water, dolphins and a nice Shark's Eye 🙂

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 18:11h, 23 May

    We had a wonderful day! It was the best shelling of our entire week. Seeing the Frigates was exciting, as well as the manatee. I was never so wet, though, as we bounced over the rough waves, but the day was a blast, as usual! Thanks so much!!