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

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Team Dawson

I enjoyed showing the Dawson Family (aka Team Dawson) around the islands. Team Dawson is Mark, Alicia, Aubree, Davis, Cale and Bram. We started by exploring the sandbar off of Captiva. The kids had fun swimming and playing in the water and enjoying the birdlife on this little spit of sand. Next it was off to a remote beach where we shelled and explored. The kids enjoyed the live shells we observed while their mom enjoyed the shells and solitude on the beach.
Thank you Team Dawson for a fun day of exploring.
Keep on shelling!  Capt. Brian

Friday, March 22, 2013

For Margaret


Here are a few photos for Margaret. She has been missing the shores, shells and solitude in the places just off the far horizon. Hope you enjoy the photos! Capt. Brian

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chicago Sisters II

The second trip of the Chicago sisters started before the sunrise. We traveled to a lone stretch of water, shut the engine off and drifted with the tide as we watched night become day. Next we traveled to favorite island number one. The sisters enjoyed an educational walk and talk about the plants and their communities on the island. The beach was full of new discoveries and empty of people.  Many small shells were collected. A large tulip was found, a live horse conch, baby's ear, a piece of a cone shell and sea pearls.
  Thank you Chicago sisters for another great early morning on the beach. 
   Keep on Shelling!
               Capt. Brian

Monday, March 18, 2013

Chicago Sisters

We left the dock under the sliver of a sunrise. We headed to the sandbar off Captiva which is growing and growing in the Gulf, so much that you could call it an island. The island/sandbar is nothing but sand and seashells. We started the trip by shelling this unique spot. The next stop on our journey was to a beach that doesn't see a lot of human activity. We had many excellent finds, a piece of junonia, THREE pieces of lions paws,  sea whips and one of my favorites - the worm shell. One of the sisters pointed out an osprey chick in the nest. It was the first one I have seen this nesting season. "Thank you for that." It was a fun day of exploring and shelling with the Chicago sisters.