The only UK specialist for holidays to the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, St. Martin, Saba and Grenada.
The islands are generally unknown in Britain and Ireland - a "new" holiday destination to most of us. We started with holidays to Bonaire, then the Dutch Caribbean islands and we are now adding more destinations. We offer "multi-island " holidays, combining two or more of these beautiful islands. Each of these small islands has robust environmental protection measures and has resisted excessive commercial development. A very brave and admirable policy considering the huge commercial pressures on small islands. We respect and support these efforts. We are very proud to say we have supported and sponsored several cultural and sporting events on the islands over the last decade, including : Diving Festivals : The world's first Underwater Art Exhibition : Salsa Tour : Jazz Festivals etc. Having won awards for tourism as Bonaire Fun Travel we were keen to keep the name, although we now offer a lot more islands. That is why we have two trading names Caribbean Fun Travel and Bonaire Fun Travel. Our ATOL licence is in our "official" name Fun Travel Ltd.
Fun Travel is a family-owned company, run by Doug, Marie and Danielle Durrant from
our office in Northamptonshire. We trade as Bonaire Fun Travel and Caribbean Fun Travel.
We are an award winning, ATOL bonded, independent tour operator.
Some years ago, a long standing Dutch friend and business colleague suggested we visit the islands, after he had built a successful travel company in the Netherlands called Bonaire Fun Travel, specialising in the Dutch Caribbean. We visited the islands and immediately fell in love with them. This presented us with an exciting opportunity. Supporting these small islands, promoting responsible tourism, organising "holidays-of-a-lifetime" for people and working with the friendly people on the islands. We thought this a worthwhile career change, with masses of "job satisfaction".
One bonus we did not expect! Our customers are people who appreciate the islands and the best part of our "job", by a long way, is talking about these wonderful islands, with people who are as enthusiastic about the islands as we are !
Twelve years ago we ran a successful sports company, but after falling in love with the islands (we each have our favourite) we used the successful foundation our Dutch partners had established in the Caribbean, to build our own company specialising in holidays to the Dutch Caribbean. Our intention was never to be big company - high on gloss and low on service. We are the opposite, low on gloss (!) and high on customer service - probably because we don't think of ourselves as part of the tourism "industry" ! We had been in an industry for 25 years, where customer service and an in-depth knowledge of your product were paramount. Although we never call the islands our "product" - we do believe that detailed local knowledge and good customer service are vital. They are the two key elements that set us apart from the other travel companies and booking websites. Combining these two elements with extensive choice and the ability to "build" individual holiday itineraries - means we can give our customers the holiday they are looking for.
Having studied law at University, our daughter Danielle then decided she wanted to join the company. The company rule is that everyone must visit the islands to gain personal, local knowledge. So she was packed off - alone - to do her tour of duty. We were delighted that she fell in love with the islands too and joined the company in 2007. Danielle has since become a director of Fun Travel.
Despite the march of technology there is no substitute for local expertise and personal contact with customers. Being a specialist is the big difference between us and other travel companies. We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts with exclusive rates. With the best prices - the best choice – and local knowledge - we can organise your ideal holiday itinerary at the best price.
Our "Dutch connection" gives us a big advantage. The years of experience gained by the Dutch company, Fun Travel - Netherlands gave us a great start. The Dutch and English companies now have a huge reservoir of locally acquired knowledge, shared experience and expertise which we use to provide you with accurate information, the best options, well organised holidays and the best prices.
For more information please click the links What We Do and How We Work - at the top of the page.
We have visited and selected the accommodation we offer - the only UK tour operator to visit the islands regularly. We ask each customer for their comments and post many of them on the website - under the "testimonials" tab at the top of the page. Real holiday experiences - of real people. It is our local knowledge and our customers' comments that we use to support the advice we give to you.
Whatever your preference, relaxing in peace and quiet, or enjoying the sports and activities, we offer that "holiday of a lifetime" in this special part of the world. Our holidays really are "tailor-made" ! Each holiday is individually planned and priced - based on your requirements. We are also a diving holiday specialist and prepare complete diving packages, including instruction courses.
We have attended many travel exhibitions and both the UK Dive shows for many years. One of the very few travel companies to do so. This is a big commitment for a small company but we relish this personal contact with our customers, in fact it is more like a friends' reunion. We exhibit alongside our partners from the islands - and represent some of them in our rôle as preferred tour operator for those resorts.
We are very proud of this close and friendly co-operation with our partners on the islands. This enables us to give customers a personal service from the first enquiry until their return.
Fun Travel has won the Golden Flamingo, an award for tourism, for three consecutive years, the only company to be given this award more than once. We are especially proud of this achievement because it is voted for by visitors. We hope the level of personal service, customer support, local knowledge and expertise that we offer, is the real advantage to you of booking with us. We are a UK registered, ATOL bonded, tour operator. Your payments are safeguarded by this bond underwritten by the Civil Aviation Authority. Websites without an ATOL licence have no such guarantee. We are also bound by very extensive European consumer protection laws. Websites / suppliers based outside the UK are not bound by European or UK law. Booking with us is , easier, cheaper , safer.....and friendlier.
Our policy is to be honest, open and fair. We never hide behind the small print – we don't have any small print ! The advice and information we offer you is entirely without obligation. Our reputation – our future - depends on personal recommendation, and so we are dedicated to giving the very best service and we hope that everyone that has contacted us has found us to be professional, fair and friendly.
We tried to keep sales talk to a minimum, so please explore our website. The information is based on personal knowledge and experience. Many of your questions will be answered on these pages. If not, drop us a line, and we'll mail or call you back. We are always available for a chat. We love talking about these wonderful islands, so feel free to contact us by phone.