“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Texas Shellers



















It was a great day of exploring with Texas shellers, Selena and Don. We left the dock shortly after 7am and returned at 5. A lot of area was covered. We started at secret spot 05 where we collected on the beach and then went for a little tour of the back country on the island. Next it was off to a quiet area in the mangroves where we dropped anchor and had lunch on the boat. The only sounds to be heard were an Osprey and mullet jumping. After a quiet lunch we went to a long stretch of beach filled with sea urchins and shells. It was a great day with Selena and Don.
  I look forward to our next adventure.
      Capt. Brian

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Great Day with Penny and Katie












 
Exploring with Katie and her mom, Penny, is always fun. They are up for whatever comes their way.  The weather was perfect for our trip. Many dolphin were spotted on our way to secret spot 11. The beach was filled with a carpet of shells. I enjoyed walking and talking with Penny and Katie as we shelled. It was another great trip with long time clients and friends.
  Thank you for a wonderful day.    Capt. Brian

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Time





  A few of you have asked what I have been up to this summer, so I thought I would give you all an update.  In June I had a little down time with family and I also started volunteering one day a week at Cayo Costa State Park on their Turtle Patrol which has been educational and rewarding to be able to help document sea turtle nests.  In July I had the honor and privilege of carrying the Prisoner Of War Flag along with my veteran friend Captain Dave Godfrey carrying the United States Flag at Sanibel's Annual 4th of July Parade. 
  Summer time also means longer humid days, regular afternoon thunderstorms and one of my favorite fruits - the MANGO!  I went to the 23rd Annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden  in Miami which I highly recommend for anyone more curious about this world renowned tropical fruit with over 650 documented varieties. So, you may ask, what is your favorite mango Capt Brian? Well, I it's hard to say with so many different varieties, you will have to do some taste testing yourself if you have the opportunity to visit south Florida in the summer.  
   For those of you who are regular followers, you may notice that I am posting less on my blog, but it's not because I'm not busy.  The writer and photographer in me just needs a break sometimes. I have also started an Instagram account (CaptBrianCaptiva) where you may find a few pictures snapped with my phone when I'm on the water.
  Hope you all are having a great summer!  See you soon.  Capt Brian

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Exploring With The Hagans
















It was a wonderful day of island hopping and exploring with Bill, Brenda, Sarah, Libby, Ellie and Marylyn. The Hagans have traveled with me before and are up for whatever rolls their way. We saw dolphin, a 3 foot hammerhead shark, manatee, roseate spoonbill, white ibis and great egrets. The water was clear for exploring the flats so we took advantage of the clear water and observed many live shells. Next it was off to the beach at secret spot 11. I enjoyed the many questions from Libby and Ellie as we walked the beach. After a nice walk on the beach we traveled to Cabbage key for a delightful lunch of Mahi Mahi and shrimp. After lunch we went for a short walk on the island and took in the beautiful plant life and watched a gopher tortoise crawl slowly along. It was a great day on the water with a great family. I look forward to our next adventure.
Thank you Hagans! 
  Capt. Brian