TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After a successful inaugural season, Sunwing is pleased to announce it will be returning to the Caribbean island of Bonaire and offering travellers more accommodation and diving options to choose from this winter.  Sunwing is the only Canadian tour operator to offer direct flights to Bonaire. Weekly Sunday flights from Toronto to Bonaire will resume December 16, 2018 and will run until April 14, 2019.

Consistently rated as one of the top diving destinations in the world, Bonaire is a favourite vacation hotspot among those who enjoy all types of water sports. Recognized for its commitment to sustainable tourism practices and coral preservation, the tropical oasis boasts 86 dive sites which are home to 57 different corals and some 350 fish species. On land, adventures are equally varied and range from hiking up the island’s tallest peak, Brandaris, for stunning ocean views to relaxing in the diminutive and colourful capital, Kralendijk.

President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson, commented on the news, “We are very pleased to return to Bonaire for another season and to be adding even more accommodation choices together with new diving packages. We’re sure that giving our customers the option to pre-book their diving experiences and pay in Canadian dollars will be well received.”

Maurice Adriaens, General Manager of Tourism Corporation Bonaire also commented. “We are excited to welcome Sunwing once again this winter season as we continue our partnership. By providing more accommodation and diving options, we look forward to welcoming many more Canadians and ensure the island is amongst the top Caribbean destinations to visit this winter. Bonaire declared itself as the World's First Blue Destination, it has always been a worldwide leader in recognizing the important aspects and developments of sustainability as well as sustainable economic growth opportunities. The protection of its nature resources has always been a priority, therefore assuring a great outdoor experience, such as diving or eco-activities.”

In addition to offering vacation packages at some of the island’s most popular resorts including Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino, Plaza Beach ResortDelfins Beach ResortEden Beach Resort and Buddy Dive Resort, the tour operator will be adding four more hotels this coming winter. Captain Don’s Habitat stands in a prime oceanfront location with relaxing beach area and fresh-water pool. Those eager to explore downtown Kralendijk can enjoy a complimentary shuttle service throughout the day from Courtyard Bonaire Dive Resort. Families and friend groups will appreciate the spacious rooms at Belmar Oceanfront Apartments and Caribbean Club Bonaire.

Dive packages can now be pre-booked as part of a customer’s vacation package depending on the resort they select. Home to a five-star PADI dive centre, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino offers access to some of the world’s best wreck dives, night dives and more, while Plaza Beach Resort’s PADI dive centre also features courses on open water diving and fish identification. Buddy Dive Resort features the ALL-IN Drive & Dive package and the renowned McAir Drive-Thru—where guests can rent a truck and simply drive up to exchange their empty tanks for new ones. Captain Don’s Habitat features numerous optional packages such as snorkel trips, Nitrox courses and upgrades on boat dives.

All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. Ten adults travelling together can receive special prices, added values and reduced deposits. For more information on group vacations click here.

To book your Bonaire vacation, visit www.sunwing.ca  or contact your travel agent.

About Tourism Corporation Bonaire

Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism. For the 24th consecutive year Bonaire was recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it received 12 awards. It was also voted number one for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving.

For more information about Bonaire visit tourismbonaire.com

About Sunwing

As the #1 to the sun and North America’s largest vertically integrated travel company, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from over 33 airports across Canada to over 45 popular sun destinations. This scale enables Sunwing to negotiate the best deals and exclusive offers at all of the top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Renowned for its award-winning service, Sunwing is consistently voted the #1 leisure airline by travel agents and is the perennial winner of the Consumer Choice Award. Customers can look forward to starting their vacation off in style with award-winning inflight service, which features a complimentary glass of sparkling wine*, tea and coffee and non-alcoholic beverage service; together with a buy on board menu of light meals and snacks (including kids’ choices) inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Sunwing customers also benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey.

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Rachel Goldrick
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Sunwing Vacations
1-800-387-5602 | media@sunwing.ca

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