Two Trips With The Chicago Sisters

Two Trips With The Chicago Sisters

The Chicago sisters traveled with me for two early morning trips. The early morning light on our second trip was stunning. The north wind had the water extremely low. We watched many live olive shells nestle in the sand. Many treasures were found, even a message in a bottle. I still need to pursue deciphering what it says. You never know what you will find.  The long time shellers from Chicago are always prepared for shelling and always a pleasure to shell with. I look forward to our trips in March.   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.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 09:25h, 28 October

    What a beautiful morning! I am amazed at how awesome the beach is, with all the tidal pools to look through!

  • Cindy Senkar
    Posted at 01:41h, 29 October

    Wow! Your photos are spectacular. I think our next trip will leave in the early morning hours. Looks like a special time to be on the water.

  • Susan
    Posted at 02:04h, 30 October

    Oh wow – save some for me and an early morning slot in November! Amazing shells, and pictures.

  • Cindy Senkar
    Posted at 02:04h, 30 October

    By the way, a message in a bottle…does it get ant better than that?

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:14h, 30 October

    Cindy,The message in a bottle was cool. Susan, November is filling up, email me to set up a time. The first and 3rd weeks both have one spot left.

  • Gail Carr
    Posted at 04:32h, 06 November

    The message in a bottle sounds exciting. Any chance you might post the message? It would be fun to see…

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 04:35h, 06 November

    Gail, I will post the message in the bottle.