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, October 29, 2013

Beautiful Day with Gail and Crew

It was an enjoyable day with Gail, Billie, Patty and Beth.  Gail has been shelling the islands for many years. Billie is always a breath of fresh air to have on the boat. The ladies enjoyed the boat ride as well as the walking and talking on the beach. I enjoyed talking with Gail about shelling. Next year we will continue the quest for a lions paw.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Chicago Sister's 2nd Adventure

Wow! What a trip it was with the Chicago sisters. The morning sunrise on the water was magnificent. We sat on the boat with the engine off, watched the sunrise and listened to the Osprey catch fish. Next we traveled in the Gulf to an isolated beach. We came upon a large group of dolphin and got to see one free jumping out of the water. The beach was full of solitude and little treasures from the sea. A flock of great egrets flew over headed south. If all of this was not enough there was a large seahorse attached to my anchor line as I pulled the anchor. We observed this interesting sea creature and put it back in the water. It was a great trip filled with many surprises that nature cast our way.
      Capt. Brian

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Chicago Sisters Shelling

We left the dock as the moon was falling and the sun was rising. Our first stop was on the flats. We observed many live shells, took pictures and set them back in the water. The flats are a peaceful place to be in the early a.m. hours. Next it was off to a sandbar in the Gulf. Well what do you know the sandbar that was there 24 hours previously was now not there. Next we went to a new little favorite spot where the beach was quiet and full of shells. I am looking forward to our next adventure later this week.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sheri and Sam Collecting Seashells

Sheri and Sam are veteran shellers to the Islands. We started the trip by going to a small sand spit in the Gulf of Mexico. Next it was off to favorite island number one. Sam shelled, swam and played on her boogie board. Sheri has an excellent shelling eye. She had many good finds, a worm shell, gaudy natica, common nutmeg and many beautiful olives.  I enjoyed shelling with  both Sam and Sheri and hearing about their latest horse stories. I look forward to next year's trip.
                 Capt. Brian