Marion Bunnik created her first tour back in 2003. Now over 10 years later the tour program has expanded to include over 50 itineraries to some of the world's most exciting and exotic destinations. As well as expanding the tour program the in-house team has grown too and today numbers over 70 and includes 10 different nationalities. Having such a diverse background and a natural passion for travel means there are not many places in the world where one of the team hasn’t spent time.
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Marion Bunnik, Joint-CEO
The founder of Bunnik Tours travel flows in Marion’s blood, as she is rarely home for more than 2 months consecutively as she explores the world. Marion has been to over 80 countries and all 7 continents… space travel might be on the cards as she looks for new destinations to travel to. She has recently travelled to Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Holland, America, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and India.
Marion has a great love for culture and learning languages, as she can speak French, Dutch, German, Spanish and even a bit of Indonesian and English (or Double Dutch). Marion is happily married to Frank, her high school sweetheart, and has 3 children and 7 grand children to keep her occupied.
Astrology and alternative medicines are Marion’s hobbies as well as walking on the beach and over eating (which seems to be a Bunnik thing!).
Sacha Bunnik, Joint-CEO
Sacha started his career in the travel industry with Singapore Airlines in Adelaide, before moving to the family business in 1996. He is married to his high school sweetheart Inger and has three beautiful daughters, Bailey, Amie and Summer.
He has recently completed his Masters in Business (MBA) and is now busy learning Spanish.
Sacha has travelled to America, the Caribbean, Croatia, Bosnia, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Laos, Vietnam, England, Germany, Holland, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Cambodia.
Being a real sports nut, Sacha follows both Adelaide United (soccer) and the mighty Adelaide Crows (AFL), is a gym junkie as he has been trying to lose weight for the last 15 years. His only sporting glory has been winning the company's foosball world cup twice over the last few years. He is also a keen follower of the reality TV, including Amazing Race and Survivor.
Dennis Bunnik, Joint-CEO
Dennis is a chartered accountant and for a long time drove a Volvo; that said he is known to take a risk from time to time, such as crossing the road before the lights turn green. He also flew into Cairo at the start of the Arab Spring protests and as a result was the only Australian travel manager in Egypt at the time of the revolution. This allowed Bunnik Tours to evacuate their passengers a full 2 days before the Australian Government flights arrived.
Dennis is married to Julie and has two teenage sons. An avid traveller, he has been to over 80 countries with many more on his list to visit.
Dennis is the chairman of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO), a position he has held since 2015.
As a side hobby that combines his love for flying, photography and video, Dennis has his own flight review channel on YouTube (dennisbunnik travels). Much to his surprise this has gotten a bit out of hand with over 9 million views and over 50,000 subscribers.
Paul Cook, National Sales Manager
Paul comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in travel. This includes many years in the cruising industry and 10 years as State Sales Manager (SA/NT) for Qantas Holidays.
He counts himself lucky to have travelled to many countries including, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, UK, Europe, Ireland and Africa ! Some of his favourite travel experiences include Trekking 150 kilometres with mates down the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe, his son’s wedding in Santorini, driving around Southern Ireland with his wife navigating (including a slight debate about navigation skills!) and the Big Apple New York. He’s still got plenty to go!
He is married to Anda with two grown up kids - the best kind. He’s also the very proud dog owner of Mack who he loves taking for big long walks by the river on Saturday mornings. Paul is an avid Crows Supporter, follower of the Aussie Cricket Team and been known to enjoy a cold beer or a glass of good red (life’s too short to drink bad wine) with Asian food.
Walter Delorie, Business Development Manager NSW/ACT
Walter joins us with 20 years experience in the travel industry. He loves exploring new destinations, meeting people and has a passion for nature and wild life. Travel is definately in his blood!
When not travelling, Walter loves to unwind by tending his large garden and likes to dabble in some woodworking projects. He also enjoys time with family and likes nothing more than catching up regularly for lunches and dinners.
Adam Dickson, Business Development Manager SA/WA
Adam has over 15 years experience in the travel industry. Having spent several months working (in fitness, his previous career) and travelling around the US, Adam discovered his passion for travel! Over the years he's travelled extensively throughout Europe, including the UK, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain. Closer to home, Adam has visited New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan. More recently, Adam has broadened his adventures to further destinations such as Kenya, Croatia and Slovenia as well as Brazil and Argentina.
He's also a self-confessed sports fanatic closely following his beloved Liverpool FC, Adelaide United and Adelaide Crows. He has a passion for motorsport, particularly Formula One where he indulged in a family trip to attend the famous Monaco GP.
In his spare time he enjoys fitness such as CrossFit and Trail Running where he recently completed 22km through the Blue Mountains. He also considers himself a bit of a foodie but confesses he steers clear of the kitchen, leaving the best food experiences to the professionals who know how to master their craft.
Adam has many more destinations set in his sight as he would like to explore more through the US and Canada as well as South America.
Nicole Gruver, Business Development Manager QLD/NSW
Nicole has over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry and some of her favourite destinations include London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Germany. She has also enjoyed visiting Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and America. When not travelling, Nicole loves to head to the beach or gym to relax. Nicole also loves all things sport! She still plays netball and is a staunch Australian Netball Diamonds and Australian Wallabies fan despite the Wallabies lack lustre form of late!
Nicole loves the outdoors and hits the beach wherever and whenever possible! When not travelling or working she enjoys spending time with friends, family and her beloved Goldie (Golden Retriever) Ruffey. On weekends Nicole enjoys indulging in good food, wine and trying out new dining options in her home town of Brisbane.
Sally-Anne Matthews, Business Development Manager VIC
Italy is by far Sally-Anne's all time favourite destination. Why? I'm sure she'd love to share why over a vino and salumi platter. She loves Italy's deep history, its architecture, the food, spectacular coastline, its people and the fact that they lead in fashion and style!
Having a career spanning over 25 years in the travel industry, Sally-Anne is well versed in what to do, where to go and when! With so many memorable experiences to reflect on and a vast amount of expertise connecting with the local culture, you'll be in good hands with Sally-Anne. She has travelled far and wide, going to places including East Africa, Europe, USA, Asia and the South Pacific, but there's always plenty more places to pin drop on the world map. Some of Sally-Anne's all time favourite things include walking with giraffes in the Maasai Mara, her passion for interior design, sunny beach days with the family and great food and wine!
Travelling for Sally-Anne has been and still is something that has created the most memorable experiences for her. So much so, it has left her with this saying, "When I leave you, I'm happy as it makes me want to come back for more."
Rebecca Greenland, Business Development Manager NSW
Rebecca has over 18 years’ experience in the travel industry, but the travel bug bit her long before this. She’s been lucky enough to have lived in the USA, United Kingdom and Germany. Rebecca’s favourite countries include India, Nepal and Turkey! She loves their culture, sights and of course the food! Being a self-confessed foodie and lover of cooking, Rebecca tries to experience cooking classes wherever she goes.
When not travelling, you can find Rebecca in the local area with her 2 children finding new parks and beaches to explore, watching Disney movies on repeat and going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends and family.
Jennifer Calnin, Sales Manager
Jennifer joined the Bunnik Tours family back in 2005 and has recently returned to her role as Sales Team Manager after some time off raising her two beautiful children. Jen loves to travel to places where she can fully immerse herself and experience the local way of life. Hot air ballooning in the wilderness of the Massai Mara, snorkelling through the marine wonderland of the Galapagos Islands, and devouring delicious curries in India, were absolute highlights! According to Jen, the best things to take with you when you travel is a decent camera and an open mind! Next on the bucket list: Enjoying some sunshine to relax in Fiji with her beautiful family
Abbie Bell, Team Leader
Abbie has a Bachelor of International Tourism from Flinders University. She lived in Thailand for 3 years working in schools teaching swimming and ESL to primary kids, while studying at Thammasat University in Bangkok. During her time there she travelled all through Asia – her favourite place in Asia is Kho Samet in Thailand! Abbie then moved to Stratford Upon Avon in the UK and lived and worked there for 2 years, travelling through Europe and USA and working on the islands of Hvar and Korcula off the coast of Croatia. Her favourite place in Europe is Croatia and San Sebastian in Spain!
Abbie joined the Bunnik Tours Team in June of 2012, and loves playing netball, expensive red wine, doing personal training, boot camps with her colleague Chloe, Italian food - and her puppy.
Hayley Ovens, Team Leader
Hayley emigrated from the UK with her family in the winter of 2005, and apart from missing a good cuppa tea would never go back! On route to her new home she visited the west coast of America, Florida, Fiji, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand – and all over Australia before finally settling in Adelaide. Having worked in the industry for 7 years, her passion for travel has only increased and she is always planning ahead for her next adventure! Her best travel experience was backpacking through Asia for 3 months and her favourite place was Koh Tao in Thailand. From staying in guest houses, hammocks, trying new and unusual foods every day and seeing new things, it was an experience she will never forget.
Hayley was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Costa Rica with friends and then three weeks travelling the deep south of the USA. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her niece and nephew, enjoying good food and wine and catching up with friends.
Ravin Francis, Sales Team Manager
Travel has been Ravin’s passion for as long as he can remember, as he is fascinated by natural wonders, history, architecture, cultures, new cuisines and languages. After high school he completed his degree in Aviation Management and has now been in the travel industry for eight years and counting.
Ravin has fond memories of cruising along Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, discovering the local life along the Tonlé Sap Lake and explore the amazing temples of Angkor. Climbing the Lion Fortress known as ‘Sigiriya’ and going on safari in Minneriya National Park while spotting the gentle giants in their natural habitat are among his favourite Sri Lankan travel experiences. He’s looking forward to exploring South and Central America, Africa, the Arctic and the Antarctic in the future.
Aside from travel, Ravin enjoys playing sports, especially soccer, rugby and basketball. His other passions include playing video games, drawing, and watching movies.
TK Karunaratne, Sales Team Manager
TK started a professional career in the banking industry and was working at HSBC as Team Leader for five years. He then joined a UK based travel company where he organised flights and holiday packages for mainly passengers travelling out from the UK, where he was there as a team leader for 5 years. He was one of the first three members who initially started Bunnik Tours Sri Lanka along with Ravin and Nehad. TK is going into his 9th year in the travel industry and is currently working as one of the sales team managers.
He's travelled to India, Malaysia, Singapore and Egypt (with the first Bunnik Mega Famil to Egypt). His bucket-list adventures include Africa and Switzerland. He's a ruggerite and love rugby union, it's his favourite thing in the world! TK is a huge All Black's fan and is still moaning and gutted about the result in the World Cup! At leisure he watches rugby union and reads autobiographies.
Victoria Hearn, Travel Consultant
Victoria started at Bunnik Tours as part of the Retail Team in 2010 after spending 2 years living in Vancouver, Canada. During her time at Bunnik Tours she has worked in most departments, but always finds herself back in the Sales Team, selling the Bunnik Dream!
Victoria has travelled extensively throughout the years and her favourite destinations are Canada (unsurprisingly) and Scotland, followed closely by Egypt, Jordan, Iceland and Turkey. She has now set foot on 6 of 7 continents, with a current total of 39 countries visited, and would love to travel back to Africa to see the rest of the continent as Morocco and Egypt are all she has seen. Antarctica is also high on the Bucket List, along with China and Japan, but home renovations mean the budget will only stretch to Kangaroo Island or Tasmania!
She is a mad AFL fan, supporting the Adelaide Crows through their good times and bad, but let’s not talk about the 2017 Grand Final!
Sarah Wise, Travel Consultant
Sarah realised her passion for travel as a teenager while spending time in the UK. Since then Sarah has travelled all over the world with highlights being Venice, Paris, Egypt and Sri Lanka, but her favourite place will always be Canada. She spent seven months living in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, and it was in Canada that saw snow for the first time in her life and got to experience a real North American Halloween. The next place on her long list to conquer is Africa.
Sarah also has a real passion for sport. When she is not in the office you can usually find her at the Ice Arena or jetting off around Australia to play Ice Hockey for the Adelaide Rush in the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League. Sarah was awarded ‘Most Improved Player’ for the Adelaide Rush. Ice Hockey is not Sarah’s only love—you can often hear her talking all things Sharni Layton, Magpies and Suncorp Super Netball.
Maria Sciarrone, Travel Consultant
Maria, Maria ... known for her mum’s mouth-watering lasagna that excites the retail department! Maria too has a passion for cooking, as well as travelling. Late last year she went on a 4 ½ month journey around the world to extend the ever-growing list of countries she has travelled to. All up, Maria has travelled to over 137 cities in 30 countries. Now that’s a lot of frequent-flyer points!
Before starting at Bunnik Tours, Maria was self-employed for 12 years as a Family Day Care Provider working with children from birth to 5 years, full time. Before this, she worked in a number of child care centres and was a nanny part-time. I think Maria knows a thing or two about kids!
Maria speaks Italian and hopes to one day own a boutique café serving delicious Italian sweets and fabulous coffees from around the world. She is addicted to Survivor and the Amazing Race – no one is allowed to interrupt her when these shows are on!
Nicole Osborne, Travel Consultant
Nicole’s love of travel started when she finished high school and took a coach tour through Europe followed by a Greek Island Cruise and then time with family in Italy. She came back to Australia and change her study over to a Diploma of Tourism at Tafe SA and hasn’t looked back. Nicole married husband Ben in 2013 and they are constantly travelling together. Trips away include, England (were Ben is from), Hawaii, Pacific Islands, Airlie Beach, Perth and just recently taking a Motorhome round New Zealand.
On weekends Nicole is a Netball Umpire for PHOS Camden and recently been elected on the Committee as the Assistant Umpire Co-ordinator. She has been Umpiring for 11 years and playing Netball since she was 7. Nicole is sport mad, following great teams such as, Port Adelaide, Liverpool FC, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide Thunderbirds. She is a bit of a rev head too, going every year to the Clipsal 500 to cheer on the Holden Racing Team.
After specialising in New Zealand for a number of years Nicole is very keen to broaden her horizons and hopes to see more of Asia.
Karin Jones, Travel Consultant
Karin has just returned to Bunnik (where she started back in 2001!) after having her two beautiful children, Avalon and Casper. Karin is another original Dutchy here and has travelled to 49 countries – she’s eager to tick off that 50th one. Of all these places, her favourite destination would have to be Antarctica, where her husband Andrew proposed to her. Also high on the list are Norway and the Trans-Siberian train journey.
When she’s not travelling or at work she loves making (and decorating) cupcakes, going to the beach, walking through the national park on weekends and socialising.
Ashleigh Jackson, Travel Consultant
Ash comes to Bunnik Tours with 6 years’ experience in the Travel Industry and many years spending all her savings on personal travel!
Her love of travel was encouraged by family from a young age and Ash was already planning her future adventures while studying Tourism, History and Languages. Over the years, she worked through her bucket list visiting 30 countries on 4 continents by the age of 25. Her favourites include Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Russia, China, Mongolia, Japan, Canada, the USA, the UK, Croatia, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Spain. Next up is Africa, South American and Antarctica!
When Ash isn’t planning travel or away on trip, she enjoys watching sport and playing competition tennis. She also loves creating; painting, sewing and restoring furniture etc. Ash enjoys spare time with her friends, music concerts, dining out - and looking for the best smashed avocado!
Donna Hopko, Travel Consultant
Growing up in an airline family, Donna can’t remember a time she was not bitten with the travel bug. She’s been working in the travel industry for over 20 years now and her passion for travel has not waned! After working for airlines and in retail consultancy roles, Donna joined Bunnik Tours in 2017 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge.
Donna has travelled extensively, her most recent trip being to Antarctica and South America. The raw beauty that Antarctica offered, together with experiencing the wildlife in their natural habitat, is something she looks forward to doing again. She’s been to North America too many times to count, visiting Disneyland because it truly is ‘the happiest place on earth’. Turkey was also a highlight having been there for the 100th Anzac Anniversary in 2015 and Hot Air ballooning over Cappadocia. She has also travelled throughout Asia and Europe.
She enjoys camping and getting off the grid when she can. Most weekends she can be found in the Adelaide Hills with her horses or at home with the family. Good wine, spicy food & laughing with friends get her through this thing we call life. Her bucket list grows daily. Her next big plan is to visit Galapagos and Peru with her Antarctic travel buddies!
Rhiann McQueen, Travel Consultant
Rhiann’s first overseas holiday was at the age of 21 where she headed on a Round the World adventure visiting USA, UK, Europe and Dubai. From that trip she has truly caught the travel bug and has been planning holidays as often as possible, with trips to India, Europe, Fiji, Bali, New Zealand and Singapore in the last few years. She's a little bit adventurous when she is travelling and loves to give anything a go once. She has quite a list going, anything from skydiving to white water rafting or hot air ballooning.
Rhiann enjoys getting out of the city to visit her sister’s farm in the Adelaide Hills or going away camping around South Australia when she has some free time. She also loves having a laugh with family and friends over a good meal and a glass of wine, if there is trivia involved that is always a bonus!
Owen Cornish, Travel Consultant
Owen, one of the newest members of the Bunnik Tours team, has joined with 4 years’ experience as a retail travel consultant. He originally hails from Canada, but in 2006 he decided it was time to travel the world. He got on a one way flight to England with one night booked at Manchester hostel and no bigger plans than “lets see where this takes me.” Eight years later he found himself in Australia with 30+ countries under his belt, having lived in London, Berlin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness. Some of his highlights include working as a walking tour guide in Edinburgh, couch surfing in Berlin, and backpacking through Vietnam.
Owen has a love for good food, wine and beer. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies, footy and good dramas on TV or reading a good book.
Mattia Centofanti, Travel Consultant
Mattia is a new member of the Bunnik Tours Team, but not new to travel. She has been lucky enough to travel in the most exotic locations such as Middle East. Oman – Muscat is one her most favourite cities with having spent over 4 weeks in a country filled with rich culture, she believes it’s a country worth visiting.
Her favourite travel quote is; ‘Where to next?’. When she’s not planning travel or travelling, then she has either gone fishing down the Yorke Peninsula or hanging out with family and friends. She has a passion for anything aviation, sport, music – and is always on the search for the best parmigiana in town. Her future endeavours are to continue visiting different cities, countries and meeting new people along the way.
Emily Warner, Travel Consultant
Emily has 20 years experience in the travel industry and has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, USA, South Pacific and the Middle East. Favourite memories are seeing the sunset in Wadi Rum, bike riding in Hawaii, visiting local markets in Provence and tiny hole-in-the wall bars in Hiroshima. At home Emily and her husband have a young son and a very cheeky Pugalier dog, who both demand all of their attention. When she has spare time, she likes to go to lunch and movies with friends or relax with a good book & cup of tea.
Kelly Whitelaw, Travel Consultant
Kelly has been working in travel since 2004 and made the move to Bunnik Tours in 2008. Whilst being at Bunnik Tours she has worked in the Product and Operations departments but has spent most of her time in the Reservations Department.
Kelly’s first time overseas was a whirlwind 20 day Contiki Tour around Europe along with a few days in England and Ireland back in 2002. Over the years, she has been lucky enough to travel to Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Thailand and New Zealand with her job. You have to love the travel industry for its perks! Kelly has also been to South Africa, Egypt, Vietnam and Cambodia with Bunnik Tours.
Kelly has just returned from maternity leave after welcoming her son, Eddie, to the world earlier in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Stuart, her son Eddie and their French Bulldog x Pug, Frankie.
Rachel Footner, Travel Consultant
Whilst Rachel is a new addition to the Bunnik team, she has nearly 5 years’ experience in the travel industry. With a particular love for Europe, Rachel has visited over 40 countries worldwide. Though it is like picking a favourite child, she counts Norway, Bosnia & Herzegovina, New York City and Ireland among her favourite places. Rachel loves to wander a city’s many streets and try local foods on her travels. Still on the (very long) bucket list are Africa, Japan, a USA road trip and Hawaii.
Travel aside, Rachel’s passions are food, friends, family and animals. In her spare time, you will find her reading a good book, walking in nature, having a wine with her friends or cuddled up on the couch with her partner and her cat, Lionel. She enjoys going camping with her mates and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Rachel also has an artistic side – she loves to write, paint, draw and create!
Kerryn Elsdon, Travel Consultant
Kerryn has 5 years experience in a travel role and after a short time working outside of the industry, travel has drawn her back in (as she was warned would happen!) and she is very excited to have joined the Bunnik team.
Her favourite travel experiences include a 4WD dune safari through the desert in Dubai, watching the sunset in Santorini with a beer in hand and a group of her closest friends, and sampling as many bagels as humanly possible in NYC. New York is her favourite city and she has been lucky enough to visit twice - and did not love it any less the second time! Kerryn has an ever growing list of destinations to visit but is hoping that Croatia, Portugal & Morocco are the next stamps in her passport!
Outside of travel she loves eating good food, exploring local wine regions, spending time on South Australia’s beautiful beaches, and any time spent with her partner, family and friends. She loves everything about summer, but in winter the football is her great love. She's a huge Essendon Bombers fan and forever hopeful that next year will be the Bombers’ year (just don’t speak to her about the last few).
David Giddings, Travel Consultant
David first stated in the travel industry in December 2001, after returning from 2 years working and backpacking in Europe, where he was bitten by the travel bug. He has worked in a variety of roles within the industry over the last 18 years and has been lucky enough to visit over 30 countries!
His favourite destination is Vietnam, although he doesn’t really have a choice in this as his wife is Vietnamese! He also claims that he is going to learn basic Vietnamese one day so he can understand what his wife and her 4 sisters are saying about him… he is sure it is all complimentary!
David loves sport and is a member at his local football club in Adelaide. He also supports the Adelaide Crows in the AFL, Adelaide United in the A-League and West Ham in the English Premier League. David enjoys playing social golf on the weekend if he can wakeup in time, and if he’s feeling particularly motivated, he even does some cycling from time to time.
Paul McInerney , Travel Consultant
Paul comes to Bunnik with a lifelong love for travel and 4 years experience in the industry. He has been lucky enough to travel quite extensively throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand, South East Asia and much of Europe. However, despite all of these amazing experiences, he loves coming home to South Australia and particularly it's beautiful and delicious wine country.
Paul has a bucket list of future holiday destinations as big as the Adelaide Oval, a place you will often find him watching the AFL football when he is not creating amazing experiences for his clients. In his spare time, Paul is an established singer/keyboardist in a vocal duo and cover band. So most of his weekends are spent entertaining crowds with his music. He loves keeping fit and always starts the day with a jog before work.
Tamara Welke, Travel Consultant
Tamara's love of travel started when she was still in school, where she spent a few months studying in Germany! Since her first overseas trip to Germany, she's been to the UK, France, Austria, Turkey, Dubai and more recently Egypt, Jordan and Greece! Tamara's favourite travel experiences so far have been walking through the Christmas markets in Nuremburg and skiing in the Austrian Alps!
Outside of travel, Tamara loves spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, drawing and riding her horse!
Kalum Dissanayake, Travel Consultant
Kalum's passion for travel started at the age of 16. He spends most of his weekends out trekking, hiking or camping up on the hills in Sri Lanka. Having obtained a drone pilot license, he’s started travel photography, exploring new destinations that are still untouched by commercialisation. He has travelled to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia, but his bucket list is still brimming with destinations such as the Norwegian Fjords, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Northern Lights in Iceland and Torres Del Paine Patagonia in Chile.
When he’s not working or travelling, Kalum enjoys spending time around motorsports, attending drag races and car meets.
Chamo Jayatilleke, Travel Consultant
Chamo’s love of travel began at an early age from hearing her dad and uncle recite their awesome travel stories. Knowing that she wanted to work in the tourism industry, she pursued her passion right through to university!
So far, Chamo has travelled around Sri Lanka and was excited to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Her bucket list is overflowing, but Greece, China, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa, Argentina and the Galapagos Islands are right at the top.
Apart from travel, she has a real passion for dance, art, music and sports such as basketball, netball, swimming and tennis. She loves spending her weekends going on road trips, practicing her vocals and dance moves, trying new cuisines, and spending time with family. To relax, she likes nothing more than to grab her sketch book and start drawing while listening to her favourite playlist.
Hiru Jayampathi, Travel Consultant
Hiru graduated from Northumbria University and followed her passion for travel, despite having a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. She joined Bunnik Tours as a travel consultant in January 2018. When Hiru was 17 years old, she lived in China for a year before traveling to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore. Apart from her love for travel, Hiru is also a ‘foodie’ and spends her spare time managing her Instagram food blogging account (‘Food Diaries’, which has over 14,000 followers!)
Purnima Fernando, Travel Consultant
Purnima joined Bunnik Tours in the January of 2018 with 4 years’ experience in the travel industry, whereby she found the Bunnik way to be a totally different experience. As a child, she travelled frequently with her family to destinations including Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, where she also has wonderful memories travelling around South Sri Lanka during her school vacations. Purnima often road trips down south to Hikkaduwa on the weekend to spend time relaxing on the beach with friends. During her free time, she can also be found spending time with family or cuddling her cats! Some of Purnima’s bucket list destinations include Australia, Mexico and Greece just to name a few!
Winvar Mohamed, Travel Consultant
Winvar joined Bunnik Tours in January 2018 with 6 years of experience in the airline industry. His passion for travel started at the age of 18, which is when he decided to further his education in tourism. Over the last 3 years, Winvar has travelled all around his homeland, Sri Lanka, along with travelling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Maldives and India, however, has his eyes set on Kenya, Peru, Spain and Morocco as his next bucket list destinations! Along with travelling, Winvar is also involved in sports, where he loves bowling and playing football in his free time, and surprisingly loves baking as well!
Ishanka Lokuge, Travel Consultant
Ishanka has always been a wanderer and never wanted to be tied down, always wanting to see new places and experience new cultures. He's worked for 5 years in the travel industry and has been fortunate enough to have visited Dubai, Thailand, China and travel extensively through Sri Lanka!
Other than his love for travel, Ishanka loves trekking, camping, cooking, playing video games, watching movies along with playing and loving his two adorable dogs, BooBoo and Frankie. His bucket-list is full of travel dreams, including visiting South America, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Japan, Iceland and the list just continues!
Anushika Wijesinghe, Travel Consultant
Born and raised in Africa, Anushika moved to Sri Lanka 8 years ago now! So far, she's travelled to the Maldives, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia. She discovered her love for travel when she and her family ventured on trips in Africa.
Witnessing the majestic Victoria Falls, being in the wild, spotting all the brilliant wild animals, admiring nature and experiencing different cultures, are among some of Anushika's favourite things about travelling through Africa! She still has so many countries on her bucket-list that she's keen on exploring, including the Middle East, South Africa and Europe! Anushika, however, is particularly keen on discovering Portugal and Spain for her next travel destination in the future.
After high school, Anushika completed an advanced diploma in hotel management and has been in the travel industry for 4 years and counting. Outside of travel, she enjoys training, cooking, reading and catching up with friends. Anushika also loves fast cars, Italian food and anything spicy, but most importantly loves spending quality time with her family and dogs!
Osney Siddique, Travel Consultant
Osney discovered his enthusiasm for travel when he was handling MICE travel for 6 years before he joined Bunnik in 2018. Having ticked off some of his bucket-list items, such as climbing the magnificent Great Wall of China, experiencing New Years Eve in Marina Bay Sands and spending his wedding anniversary in Burj Khalifa. Osney has Hallstatt in Austria next on his bucket-list due to his deep interest in palaces and classical music.
Wandering through misty tea plantations, admiring the beauty of Ella in his home country is his favourite. Thailand is like his second home, having visited for the last 8 years! Apart from his love of travelling, he enjoys painting, gardening and is a huge fan of contemporary dance!
Kathleen De Silva, Travel Consultant
Kathleen discovered her love for travel when she took her first step into the industry back in 2016. She then joined the Bunnik family in 2018!
Her first overseas trip was to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Kathleen's favourite experiences from that trip include dune bashing, camel riding through the desert, visiting the Burj Khalifa and the beautiful Sheik Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Kathleen has also travelled to Malaysia and throughout many beautiful cities in Sri Lanka. The next destination she has her eyes set on is Bali! During her free time, she loves baking, enjoying good food and spending time with her family, partner and friends!
Denis Van Cuylenburg, Travel Consultant
Denis discovered his love for travel when he was handling MICE travel for 7 years before he joined Bunnik. He's had the opportunity to travel quite extensively around Asia, having travelled to India, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and China! His favourite country however, is New Zealand, where he lived for 18 months and would love to go back one day. Denis' bucket-list is overflowing, but the Alps in Switzerland, the fjords in Norway, northern lights in Iceland, the Great Pyramids of Giza and Machu Picchu are right at the very top!
Denis loves football and basketball and is a proud supporter of Manchester United and the Golden State Warriors. His bucket-list consists of being able to watch both these teams live at their home stadiums in Old Trafford and San Francisco one day. He loves to travel and makes use of the year long Sri Lankan summer as he is often found going down south to catch some waves over the weekend!
Naaila Riad, Travel Consultant
Whilst studying, Naaila worked for two travel companies. She reached her goal of graduating with a bachelor's degree in business management with Northumbria University before the age of 20! She also holds two honor diplomas in human resources including psychology and business management. Naaila's always had a love for travelling, as she's travelled extensively through Sri Lanka and has discovered Thailand a few times. She says the whole world is her dream and there isn't a destination that she wouldn't want to visit!
Apart from travelling, Naaila's always wanted to create a movement to save our planet and its animals (a personal goal of hers). She's a very social person and enjoys the company of her family and friends. Naaila enjoys music and activities that gets your adrenaline pumping! Her favourite thus far, was swimming with sharks in Penguin Island!
Julie Moran-Bunnik, Manager Customer Care
As you can see from my name I married into the Bunnik family (Dennis) in 1997. After having our two boys, and having previously worked in a similar role for 8 years, I joined Bunnik Tours in 2010.
Our first family holiday was to Egypt and since that time we have visited Sri Lanka, Europe, India, Canada, USA, Vietnam and Cambodia. I would actually love to see more of Australia however getting this past my husband is proving to be rather difficult! Two years ago we became dog owners and now have two black cavoodles that have way too much say in how we spend our time – and we love it. (Don’t let Dennis tell you otherwise!).