SIERRA CLUB: 6 Experts. 6 Reasons to Visit.

SIERRA CLUB: 6 Experts. 6 Reasons to Visit.

For more than 20 years, Captain Brian Holaway has been navigating the coastal waters of Southwest Florida as an eco-tour guide. Today, his area of specialty is Pine Island Sound, including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Pine Island, and North Captiva. As a certified Florida master naturalist, avocational photographer, and seashell aficionado, Captain Holaway has great insight into this fascinating region. One of his favorites is Cayo Costa, a barrier island six miles north of Captiva. Here, you can rent rustic cabins or camp out and explore all the wonderful natural sites. “Stargazing into the night sky on the island is a beautiful experience,” says Holaway. “There has not been a clear night that I have not seen a shooting star.”


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.

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