Sheri and Sam Collecting Seashells

Sheri and Sam Collecting Seashells

Sheri and Sam are veteran shellers to the Islands. We started the trip by going to a small sand spit in the Gulf of Mexico. Next it was off to favorite island number one. Sam shelled, swam and played on her boogie board. Sheri has an excellent shelling eye. She had many good finds, a worm shell, gaudy natica, common nutmeg and many beautiful olives.  I enjoyed shelling with  both Sam and Sheri and hearing about their latest horse stories. I look forward to next year’s trip.
                 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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 22:30h, 14 October

    I like the feather photo the best!

    We are busy signing up our plowing contracts and gearing up for snow. Come on snow!! I need a trip to Sanibel and a cruise with my favorite captain.

  • Janet from ILL
    Posted at 22:30h, 14 October

    Capt. Brian,

    These photos are spectacular! You could make a calendar with them! 🙂

    Wondering how reliable the weather is in the week after Christmas, for shelling. The tides will be great, but I'm worried about the air and sea temps being low, and storms…. any advice?

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 23:41h, 15 October

    Janet,Christmas week can be good for shelling. It is also one of the busiest weeks of the year on the island. I am booked solid the week after Christmas. The weather depends on if we get a cold front. The cold front brings wind which in turn can bring shells and cooler weather. Either way they are all good days at the beach:)

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 23:43h, 15 October

    Kim, I will have the mangoes on ice.

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 09:49h, 16 October

    Brian, gorgeous photos again. It was really nice to see you and to say hello in person. I know it was a little awkward too. I am such a dork in person. I get so nervous and my brain freezes and it is just not good. It's so much easier to converse on line. I never thought I'd say that. Hopefully next time will be better as I will have the jitters out of the way!

    Hey Sheri if you are reading this the same goes for you. I'm sorry that I get so nervous. Such a dork!! Lol.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 00:38h, 17 October

    Roxanne, It was very nice meeting you.Glad you liked the photos.

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 14:08h, 17 October

    Brian, what wonderful pictures from our shelling adventure. It was so fun to go out with you again, and the new sand bar that popped up on the Gulf was amazing to step onto and shell!! I always love shelling Cayo Costa, and this year was no exception. It was the best shelling day we had during our entire week. We hit the ground running when we got home. Many hours spent with the horses. Always nice to have our week of island time! Thanks for making our shelling adventure so enjoyable!! See you next year!!

  • Moira
    Posted at 02:55h, 18 October

    Great collection of shells!!! I hope there is a "spit of sand" when we come back!
    I'm hoping for lots of snow for Kim, too!!! Snow = Sanibel!!!