Tarpon Lodge with Nancy & Melissa

Tarpon Lodge with Nancy & Melissa

It was another great adventure with Nancy and Melissa. We started our trip by boating over to the Tarpon lodge for a delicious lunch. then it was off to favorite island number one. The storm clouds were building so we stayed at the north end of the island in a new hiding spot.(it worked great for riding the storm out.)  Nancy found a great whelk while Melissa took pictures of the birds and a rainbow. We followed the rainbow back to Captiva just ahead of the next wave of storms.  Two days later we went on another great cruise. This time the skies were a little more sunny and the dolphins were very playful as we observed sea turtles eating jellyfish.  It was a great day to observe nature on the water.

Thank you Melissa for taking all of the (great) photos above and
thank you Nancy for being the outdoor trooper that you are.
                                                            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.

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 09:26h, 05 September

    I love that lightning whelk! She captured some great photos as well. Looks like a fab time was had

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 16:50h, 05 September

    What a beautiful whelk! I figured it must have been chilly out since you had a jacket on.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 22:21h, 05 September

    It was pretty chilly – high temp that day was only 90 degrees 🙂

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 22:25h, 05 September

    Kim, In my excitement to look at Nancys whelk I forgot to take my rain jacket off.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 09:19h, 06 September

    I was very excited about the whelk, too! I think I said I would be happy with one shell and what a great shell it is – my biggest whelk ever!! Then there was the rainbow, a wonderful lunch at Tarpon with our gracious host, Rob and our sever, Jen (who makes the best coffee drinks!!) and enough photo ops to keep Melissa busy. We had great spots to wait out the rain – can't expect to be on the water in August and not see some rain, but we never worry because you always have Plans B, C and D – such an adventure with so many memories 🙂 I think our second trip topped the first one, though – lots of sunshine, great company and a wildlife show like notthing we have experienced before. Melissa got tons of great pictures and I just enjoyed soaking up the beauty of it all. Once again, our time with you was the highlight of our trip!! Thank you so much!!!

  • mkdally
    Posted at 18:14h, 06 September

    Great whelk, and great photos!

  • Moira
    Posted at 23:33h, 15 September

    wow! Nice whelk! Brian – you have a knack for finding those!! 😀