Katie The Marine Life Explorer & Family

Katie The Marine Life Explorer & Family

It was another fun trip with Katie the lover of anything to do with the water and her family.  We started out the trip by viewing dolphin not far from the marina. Then it was off to favorite island number one.  A nice nutmeg was found along with a nice worm shell, a small whelk and a sand dollar. The weather started to move in so we headed back to the boat. Then just as I was getting ready to pull the anchor, Ryan noticed something in the water. It was a manatee cruising along the beach and under our anchor line. He went by the boat, turned around, ate some sea grass and cruised on. After the anchor was pulled it was off to secret spot #3 where Katie found a very cool and large barnacle encrusted angel wing. It was another fun day on the water with Katie and Family. I look forward to our next adventure. Capt. Brian
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.

  • Mark
    Posted at 11:39h, 29 July

    I'll be there next time. Just waiting until the weather drops to -20. Haha. Glad you guys had a great time, and the shirts look fantastic. Anyone looking for a great cruise, I certainly recommend Captain Brian.

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 11:39h, 29 July

    Beautiful photos. It looks like Katie and her family had another great day. How very neat that you guys had such a close encounter with the manatee. What a memorable experience. And that angel wing is gorgeous, too, with the full spread of barnacles.

  • Penny Redd
    Posted at 00:04h, 18 August

    Thank you for such a fun trip! Hope to do it soon!