“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, July 22, 2014

Capt.Brian Exploring By Air









I took the day off the water and explored by air. It was an absolute pleasure to fly over my favorite islands and see things from a different perspective. I observed a small waterway that I did not know was there. I look forward to paddle boarding this new piece of water on the next full moon tide. You can never learn enough of what is in your own backyard.  Capt. Brian

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Miller Family













I just love the Miller Family - Chloe, Wren, Quincy, Graham, Corey and Kim.  Last year with the Millers we had a birthday party on the beach.  This year we played in the sand making sand sea turtles and just enjoyed the beach with only the Millers in site.  Bon voyage until next time. 
 ~ Capt Brian

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wildlife And Shells















 
It was a wonderful day with veteran wildlife explorers and shellers Pat, Jen and her three lovely kids, Ben, Izzy and Ursula. Many dolphin were spotted on our way to the beach. The frigate birds were all over the place swooping to catch fish. The beach was full of treasures. Ben found a nice piece of junonia. Izzy found a large shark eye, a beautiful alphabet cone, olives and a tulip. Ursula the youngest explorer was content picking up coquinas. Jen found two small horse conchs. On the return trip we took advantage of the clear water and waded around the flats looking at small fish and live shells. It was a wonderful day on the water with a wonderful family. I look forward to our next adventure.  Capt Brian

Monday, June 30, 2014

Katie The Marine Life Explorer












Katie is an excellent observer of marine life and has a keen knowledge of shells. Her parents, Penny and Mark, enjoy fostering her love of both. I am always excited to be a part of this learning process. On this trip we explored the backcountry, stopped by a sandbar in the Gulf and walked a beautiful stretch of beach. Favorite finds were a small and large horseshoe crab, and the coolest worm shell ever. I look forward to our next time of learning. Thank you Mark, Penny and Katie. See ya soon!  Capt. Brian

Monday, June 23, 2014

Turtles With Kathy













Kathy has traveled and explored with me many times. Her enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious. She wanted to do a trip that was focused on turtles and hopefully see one. Well we did just that and a side visit to some pre-columbian shell mounds. We started our trip by walking the beaches of the out islands observing turtle tracks and nests and then stopped by the Tarpon Lodge for a delicious lunch. Next it was off to the Randell Research center where we visited the pre-Columbian shells mounds. We had a most pleasant walk and talk on the mounds. The next part of the trip we spent drifting with the tide. We drifted the outgoing tide between two islands with the engine off, nothing around but the sound of the water and frigates overhead. We drifted for 3 hours. Kathy was extremely patience and her patience paid off. We saw 9 turtles breach the surface and one large loggerhead close to the boat. It was a wonderful day on the water and Kathy witnessed a sea turtle in the wild for the first time. Patience pays off! Thank you Kathy for another fun day of exploring.