“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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Clear water at Cayo Costa and North Captiva Islands

I have had several people ask me about the water quality in Southwest Florida. These are photos I took today. The water was clear around North Captiva and Cayo Costa Islands. It was another beautiful day on the water. For more information on water quality, here is a great page to see what water samples are showing. http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/current-beach-conditions/




Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mangos of Cuba at Fairchild Gardens Mango Festival












I love visiting Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.  Today I was there for the 24th Annual Mango Festival featuring Cuban mangoes.  Highlights were learning more about the history of the mango in Cuba, seeing tropical plants that I have not seen since a visit to the Amazon Rainforest, the Lignum Vitae in flower (purple flower) which I have not seen in flower and hearing a lecture from Noris Ledesma (Curator of tropical fruit at Fairchild Gardens).  I am so glad I went. WOW, an amazing day!  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Good Times With Veteran Shellers Bonnie and Dean



















It is always a pleasure to take out Bonnie and Dean. They are long time shellers to the island (30 years). I enjoy walking, talking and listening to both Bonnie and Dean tell stories about shelling in the 80's, guides and trips they have had before. Bonnie found a very cool worm shell and Dean found an albino whelk. I found the largest tusk shell I have ever found (use the chapstick for size reference). Many shells were found and more memories made. Bonnie and Dean are both troopers and I look forward to seeing them in October.  Love you guys.          Capt. Brian

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

One Fine Day In May











Spectacular day on the water with Ed and Barbara. 
 The whole month of May has been spectacular!  
The puffy clouds and super clear waters 
have been breathtaking through the lense.
Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Capt Brian

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

National Seashell Day

The countdown has begun for 
National Seashell Day.  






Who is ready to go shelling this summer?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ohio Sisters Relaxing and Exploring















It is always a pleasure taking out the sisters from Ohio-Kathy, Cindy and Jackie. We started the trip by going to North Captiva for lunch and then it was off to favorite spot #1. Many shells were collected and stories were told as we walked the beach. I photographed some flowering sea grape trees and inkberry shrubs along the way.  We finished the trip at secret spot no name and enjoyed another lovely day on the water.  Thanks girls!
~ Capt. Brian