Patty and Joe

Patty and Joe

The trip started by traveling over to the Tarpon Lodge for lunch. Well, we got sidetracked because the water was sooooo clear. We walked this beautiful flat where Joe found this large whelk. Patty found many sunray venus’ still together. Then it was off to the tarpon lodge for great conversations and food. After lunch we walked the Precolumbian shell mounds at the Randell Research Center. Then it was off to Cayo for some bike riding and visiting the pioneer cemetery. Our final stop was secret spot number… We walked the beach empty of people looking for shells. Joe found this amazing crested tellin TOGETHER! Great find. Patty and Joe packed a lot in on this trip. I enjoyed showing them new places and look forward to our next adventure.
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 10:47h, 22 May

    Looks like a beautiful day. What a fab whelk!

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 00:07h, 23 May

    You have some gorgeous shots Brian. Love them. I can't pick a favorite.

  • Karen Blackford
    Posted at 10:52h, 23 May

    I could muck around on flats like that all day.

  • Susan
    Posted at 03:14h, 27 May

    I remember a day like this – great schedule and love the picture of the bird with the wave!!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:18h, 27 May

    Susan, I liked the picture too. This black skimmer kept skimming by, it was really cool. I took over 50 pictures of this bird.