Island Hopping With Nancy and Brian

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.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 15:17h, 03 November

    They found some great things, especially that sharks eye.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 21:55h, 08 November

    It was a magical day! Not a cloud in the sky, calm seas, a great lunch at the Tarpon Lodge, lots of white pelicans, a jumping eagle ray, a beautiful beach walk, and to cap off the day, a huge pod of playful dolphins surrounded the boat as we headed back to the marina. As Dalayna would say, "It was the best day EVER!" Thanks, Captain Brian!