Northern Haiti Adventure with Caicu Nanaki Tours
Looking for a an exciting and exotic adventure , well look no further Caicu Nanaki Tours has it all. When vacationing in Providenciales Turks & Caicos you can enhance your vacation by adding on one of Caicu Nanaki’s Northern Haiti Excursions to your trip!
With Sunrise Airways now flying everyday between Providenciales and Northern Haiti ( Cap Haitien) you can travel with ease and enter into the next leg of your journey. The possibilities are endless since you can catch a connecting flight from Haiti with Sunrise to your next destination… or once you are in Haiti you can even travel by land into the neighbouring Dominican Republic.
Haiti is a beautiful rugged and tropical paradise rich with history and culture.
What can you expect when you take a tour with Caicu Nanaki and fly with Sunrise from Providenciales to Cap Haitien?
Check out this photo essay below to get a sneak peek of the last excursion we had the privilege of shadowing with Caicu Nanaki Tours, our official Turks & Caicos tour partners who lead the excursions into Haiti from Providenciales.
On the trip over from Providenciales with Sunrise Airways you will travel with Chloe and Ben the owners and operators of Caico Nanaki tours , they will ensure everything runs smoothly and all of your needs are met. Ben has been doing the Northern Haiti Excursions for the past decade and both he and Chloe speak french which will assist you on your journey because in Haiti the locals speak French and Creole.
When you arrive in Cap Haitien you will make a few stops along the way before enjoying a fabulous lunch at Roi Christophe.
Cathedral Notre-Dame of Cap-Haïtien: The first stop is a visit to the beautiful Cathedral Notre-Dame of Cap Haitien is a must see for any trip to the north of Haiti which was built in the late 18th century.
Lunch at Roi Christophe: You will stop for a sumptuous lunch at the historical Roi Christophe Hotel where you will enjoy the local flavours of Haiti.
Art Market: Are you a fan of art and handmade crafts ? If that is the case you will be filled with wonder when you stop at the Cap Haitien art market. You will find a large variety of local handmade trinkets, beads, paintings, pottery…the list goes on! This art market is a haven for an art lover, don’t be afraid to bargain for a better price. Here you can find gifts to bring home to your friends and loved ones or a few souvenirs for your self.
Cormier Plage: You can expect amazing service at the Cormier Plage as well as a clean and well maintained hotel with friendly staff located right on the beach . The meals at the Cormier Plage are amazing, there is a little some thing for everyone on the menu and the staff can cater to your dietary needs. The rooms are comfortable and accommodating , there is free wifi and 24 hour electricity..not to mention hammocks under the palm trees where you can relax with a drink and a good book. You will mingle with ex-pats,locals, diplomats, business men and women as well as other vacationers while you are staying at the Cormier Plage, there is a very diverse crowd. Below are a few shots of where you will be staying , the fabulous Comier Plage Beach Resort.
Day 2 San-Souci Palace: Northern Haiti is rich with history and culture, part of the tour includes a trip to the San Souci Palace which was the royal residence of King Henri the first (better known as Henri Christophe) of Haiti, Queen Marie-Louise and their two daughters. It was the most important of nine palaces built by the king, as well as fifteen châteaux, numerous forts, and sprawling summer homes on his twenty plantations.Construction of the palace started in 1810 and was completed in 1813.
Citadelle Laferrière: On your way up to the Citadelle you can either hike or take a horse, just let Chloe and Ben know which you prefer. The Citadelle Laferrière or, Citadelle Henry Christophe, or simply the Citadelle (in English, spelled Citadel), is a large mountaintop fortress in northern Haiti, approximately 17 miles (27 km) south of the city of Cap-Haïtien and five miles (8 km) uphill from the town of Milot. It is the largest fortress in the Americas and was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in 1982—along with the nearby Sans-Souci Palace. The mountaintop fortress has itself become an icon of Haiti. The Citadel was built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion, after Haiti gained independence from France at the beginning of the 19th century. Worried about slipping and hurting your self on the hike up? Chloe & Ben have partnered with the local firefighters in Cap Haitien to accompany you up to the Citadelle in the event of any emergency, you can truly relax and enjoy your expedition…not to mention Ben has been doing medical missions in Haiti for the past decade.
After the journey to the San-Souci Palace and the Citadelle Laferrière you will stop for a delicious lunch at Lakay back in Cap Haitien.
Labadee: This is a special feature that was offered on our excursion and not normally a part of the tour. If you want to add on the Labadee trip to your package let Ben and Chloe know and they can make the arrangements for you. We headed over to Labadee shortly after our lunch lunch . When we arrived in Labadee we took a boat ride on the ocean over to a tiny and vibrant village where you can experience Haitian culture first hand. Buy a local beer and take a walk with your group,but don’t forget to say hello to everyone you encounter in the village it is after all a Haitian custom!
The entire experience is well worth it, you will not be disappointed with the tour and will leave with amazing photographs, new friends and great stories to share with your friends and loved ones.
Caicu Naniki sees great potential for expansion of tourism from North America to Northern Haiti via Turks and Caicos Islands in
view of consistently high ratings from visitors. “Always gratifying to see the expressions of surprise and amazement on the faces of new comers to Haiti” says co-owner of Caicu Naniki Ben Stubenberg. “Biggest complaint we get from our visitors is”: “We want to stay longer”.
To book your trip to Providenciales and your adventure to Northern Haiti from Provo please contact Ben at Caicu Naniki Tours Providenciales Turks & Caicos by clicking the link http://www.caicunaniki.com/contact-us. To book your flights within Haiti and other Caribbean destinations please visit www.sunriseairways.net.
-Photos and review by Steph Leigh Limage of Sunrise Airways