Shawn has always had an immense passion for the outdoors. He spent his youth hiking, backpacking, canoeing and surfing. All this time outside gave him a great appreciation for the natural world. Shawn attended San Diego State University as an Ecology and Natural History major. After a few years at SDSU, he felt drawn to a more immersive educational experience and transferred to Humboldt State University on the North Coast of California. There, in the beautiful redwood forest, Shawn found his calling in adventure tourism and graduated with a degree in outdoor adventure education and minored in business administration. With an educational background in both ecology and tourism, guiding guests on adventures became the perfect fit.
After college, Shawn worked at Humboldt Redwoods State Park as a park aid and naturalist. As he transitioned into the fishing industry as a fishing guide, he decided to relocate to Hawaii. Since living in Hawaii, Shawn has worked as a boat captain guiding guests from around the world.
Shawn is an extremely experienced mariner and has captained a variety of vessels, from recreational and commercial fishing to day and night time snorkel trips. Highlights from Shawn’s captain career in Hawaii include releasing an estimated 1300lb blue marlin, multiple sailfish releases (some fisherman in Hawaii have yet to catch even one), landing cow size Ahi, and swimming with sperm whales, whale sharks, short-finned pilot whales, a variety of different shark species including tiger sharks, and pods of over 300 spinner dolphins. In his free time, Shawn still loves to do all his favorite outdoor activities: hiking, camping, backpacking, surfing, and diving. He loves exploring and learning about all the beautiful places the Big Island has to offer. He loves to look at maps, find new locations to explore, and then figure out how to get there. The Big Island’s diverse ecosystem is constantly drawing him to learn more about this beautiful island. Shawn’s passion for nature and the environment are evident during his tours by the enthusiasm and joy that the natural world brings to him. He loves to share his passion; leading and teaching guests all about this diverse island he calls home.