“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

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Day With Gail and Crew

The weather was perfect for exploring the out islands. Gail, Beth and the ever cool Billie (86 years young) spent the morning shelling and exploring in the back country. We observed an immature white ibis, the last of the white pelicans that were headed north and collected many fine treasures by the sea. It is always a joy to have Gail, Beth and My buddy Billie on board. Thanks for a fun morning and I look forward to our next trip.   ~Capt. Brian

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wonderful Time

Great day! The weather was perfect for Spencer, Kim and Ann for charting new territory. We all enjoyed the perfect weather and exploring new locations for shelling.  This day the beaches were full of shells and empty of people. I enjoyed listening and walking on the beach. I look forward to our next excursion and hope the weather will be as beautiful as it was on this trip. Capt. Brian

Sunday, May 17, 2015


I never tire of waiting for these clouds to appear over favorite spot number 1.