Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat

“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 31, 2012

Jim and Cassandra From Florida

I don't often get the privilege of having a native Floridian on my boat. Jim and his wife are from North Florida. Jim has collected shells as long as he can remember and he has a good memory, at least for shells. Jim found a beautiful Lace Murex and other finds as well. I relished our conversations of different shells and talked about the shells we look forward to finding in the future. It was a great trip with a Native Floridian collecting shells. Thank you Jim and Cassandra.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Observant Outdoor Family

First light on the water is amazing.  I enjoyed the company of Alasdair, Virginia and their creative daughters Emma and Molly. The whole family loves the great outdoors and appreciates the wildlife that calls it home. Emma is a budding photographer and sees the landscape on a whole new level through her lens. I learned alot from her subtle observations. Alasdair is an excellent observer of bird life and wildlife as a whole, I enjoyed learning from the wildlife he observed. Virgina and Molly collected many unique shells and enjoyed the experience as much as the shells. Thank you for a educational and fulfilling trip.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Todd Family

This was a fun adventure with Scott, his wife Karen and their kids Amanda and Alex. We saw my old friend the frigate bird swooping on the water as dolphins pushed small fish to the surface. The shelling was excellent. We reaped the rewards of Tropical Storm Debby. Alex found a beautiful Alphabet Cone. Karen found an Albino Lightning Whelk. Amanda also found many great shells. She has a really good eye. We started at my favorite spot and found many species of shells. Then we traveled to a more remote spot. I was amazed at the variety of shells we found at  this location. Cones, Murex, Sharks Eyes, Fighting Conchs, the list goes on. It was a truly a great day of shell collecting. On the way back we stopped at a local island restaurant only accessible by boat for lunch. Conversations were enjoyed as well as the food. Scott was the camera man throughout the trip. He got a great shot of the dolphin posted above. Thank you Scott for all the great photos. The adventure was most enjoyable with your family.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Captain Brian Visits The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel

This week I was off on a rainy day, so I took the opportunity to explore the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel.  I find it amazing all the different uses of seashells from the Cowrie Shell in Africa to the Pacific Cones.  The museum displays are extremely educational and each time I visit the museum I learn something new.  I encourage you to go to the shell museum whether it's a rainy day or a sunny day.  You can never learn enough about shells.