“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, December 7, 2014

Jersey Ladies























Four veteran water ladies spent the afternoon with me relaxing and exploring. The afternoon's weather was perfect. We went to secret spot number 11 and walked the beach. The beach was filled with coquinas as far as the eye could see. A large lightning whelk was found soon after setting foot on the beach. Then a seahorse was found. It was that kind of day. Next it was to a local watering hole off the beaten path. Great fun was had and good conversations were exchanged. The water was slick calm on the return to Captiva. We observed many dolphin playing and enjoyed more great conversations.  Many thanks to the Jersey ladies for a fun afternoon of relaxing and exploring. 
 Capt. Brian

Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's That Time Of Day


It's that time of day,  Kenny Chesney sings about "It's That Time of Day".  He sings about "The Life''.  Then I go back to my dock on Captiva, wash my boat, and pray I can do it all over again. 
(Sit back, throw the songs on and enjoy the sunset)  Capt. Brian

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Capt. Brian Finds A Message In A Bottle



Many people asked about the message in the bottle that I found on October 17th. Well here it is..... 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Island Hopping With Nancy and Brian






















The weather was perfect for a day of island hopping. Our trip started with a relaxing ride from Captiva to the Tarpon Lodge on Pine island. The Tarpon Lodge has excellent food and excellent hospitality.  After a delightful lunch we traveled to the north end of Cayo Costa where we visited the ranger station and went for a quick look at the pine forest and Gulf beach. Then it was off on another boat ride to secret spot 14. We walked and talked and found many treasures from the sea.  Nancy also found her favorite shell, the shark eye.

Monday, October 27, 2014

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