ile-a-Vache: Paradise island

ile a vache, Haiti

Haitian Nomad
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97 reviews
Jan 13 - 18, 2022
Group size: 1 - 17
ile-a-Vache: Paradise island
ile a vache, Haiti

Haitian Nomad
  • Facebook verified
97 reviews

Jan 13 - 18, 2022
Group size: 1 - 17

About this trip

Join Haitian Nomad on a beautiful trip to one of Haiti's most paradise islands! Île-à-Vache, (also expressed Île-à-Vaches, former Spanish name Isla Vaca; all translate to Cow Island) is a Caribbean island, one of Haiti's satellite islands. It lies in the Baie de Cayes about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) off the coast of the country's southwest peninsula, roughly between the town of Les Cayes and Pointe l'Abacou. It was formerly known by the name of Abacca. Administratively, it became a commune in 1976 as part of the Les Cayes Arrondissement in the Sud department.

Île-à-Vache was claimed by the Spanish Empire in 1492 as part of Hispaniola, and for the next two centuries it was known by the name Isla Vaca. In 1697 the island of Hispaniola was formally divided between Spain and France in the Treaty of Ryswick which ended the Nine Years War. France assumed control of the western half of Hispaniola and named it Saint-Domingue, and Isla Vaca took on its current name, Île-à-Vache.

On this trip, you'll be staying on the island's best beachside resort with some rooms directly on the beach , you'll enjoy some amazing views and indulge in some amazing Haitian food.

What’s included

  • Airport Transfers
    Airport-Hotel Transport
  • Transportation
    All transportation to/from all stops on itinerary
  • Accommodation
    Double occupancy or single occupancy
  • All Meals
    Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Excursions/tours
    all tours and excursions
  • Boat transfers
    To/from ile a vache
  • Knowledgeable Staff
    You will always be accompanied by one of our local knowledgeable Haitian Nomad staff
  • Domestic Flight
    45 mins flight between PAP & Les Cayes on Sunrise Airways
  • Flight to/from PAP
    Airport : PAP
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Tips
    Misc Tips for tour guides, baggage handlers, Boat Crew etc. We will collect $75/person in CASH on the 1st day of the trip to cover the tips--Please bring change
  • Extra meals
    (outside of meals included)
  • Airport Tourism Tax
  • Extra stops/Transport
    It's important that you bring everything you need with you; extra stops/transportation will cost $20 extra/stop

Available Packages

Superior Dble Room
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 Selecting this package means you'll be sharing a room. If you don't have a roommate yet, we'll pair you with another traveler and do our best to honor roommate preferences when possible. If coming with someone, we'll pair you together.

Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Sold Out

Enjoy the privacy and peace of mind of having a single room to yourself the entire trip

Deposit: $500

Available options

Relaxing Massage On the beach8 left


Arrival in Haiti
Welcome to Haiti

January 13th

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Haitian Nomad
97 reviews
We are a travel company specializing in curating authentic experiences around the world in beautiful exotics destinations through the lens of locals. We are experts on less travelled places like Haiti, Cuba, Egypt and more --making sure you leave with an experience of a lifetime from our top-notch​ customer-service driven team.


My trip to Haiti was my 3rd trip with Haitian Nomad and as usual it was EPIC, EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINING, MET VERY NICE PEOPLE, AS USUAL, ETC. A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO JUDE ISAAC FOR BEING SUCH A GRACIOUS CO-HOST THANK YOU AND RICHARD FOR AND MAKING SURE THAT I HAD MY VEGAN MEALS.! I was very excited to finally go to Cap Haitien, Haiti, THE CRADLE OF INDEPENDENCE! After not being able to do so before in the past for different reasons. I guess I was destined to go with this dynamic and informative Travel Group, Haitian Nomad. It's really heart-breaking that a country like Haiti, with SOOO MUCH HISTORY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND BEAUTY TO OFFER TO THE WORLD IS ALWAYS PROJECTED IN THE SUCH A NEGATIVE WAY! The corruption in the Country of the local and outside influencers are beyond words. The sad thing is that some of our people believe ALL the negativity in the media. Meanwhile, some of those who are projecting the negativity are going to these same countries in droves and on a regular basis and enjoying them. That’s why when anyone asked me about the poverty, I would tell them that there’s poverty ALL over the World! It’s worst in some than others but that was NOT the focus of my trip because I’ve seen enough negativity in the press and I don’t believe nor accept His-story. I went there to learn, firsthand, the History of the revolution and enjoy the beauty of the country and it's people. That’s why I told a few selected people about my trip beforehand! It was really heartwarming and emotional to climb and hear the history of the Citadelle Laferrière, pick-up one of the cannonballs, OMG!! Those balls are extremely heavy! As usual, the accommodations, restaurants, sightseeing tours to ALL the historical sites were on point. Visiting the other Historical sites filled me with emotions, pride and respect for my Haitian family. When we were flying into the country. I had a window seat and was amazed to see that Haiti was so mountainous and hilly. For a moment, I said is there any flatlands in Haiti? LOL! The beach day and the massage were beyond words. I had to tell my Trinbago Family, that our Nylon Pool in Tobago, wants NOTHING with Haiti’s sand bar (not sure if that’s how it’s called). I was in awe of that place so far out into the ocean with just sand and you can stand THERE WITHOUT BEING WET unless the tide was high. Which it was the day we went, so there was some water around the edges. I’m SOO HAPPY that I was introduced to Haitian Nomad and I always tell my family, friends and strangers that if you want a worry free vacation to book with Haitian Nomad. The great thing is that you don’t even need a roommate. Up to Monday, I went to the bank and I gave the teller the website information. On my way to Haiti, while we were waiting to depart from Ft. Lauderdale, I told the lady sitting next to me about Haitian Nomad and right there and then she booked the Egypt trip in November. God’s continued blessings with your Vacation Experience Trips. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ON MY NEXT TRIP!
By Debra H for Cap-Haitien: Roots of Freedom on 12 May, 2021
Thanks for such a well run, educational, and fun trip.
By Bridgette L for Cap-Haitien: Roots of Freedom on 06 May, 2021
Richard organized an excellent and well thought out trip that maximized the five days in Cap-Haitien. It was an ideal balance of sightseeing, beaches/relaxation and nightlife and dining. I highly recommend this trip above all to Haitians abroad (particularly who have not yet been to Haiti) who are looking for an easy and safe way to (re)connect with Haiti and take in all the pride that comes with the history of Cap-Haitien. I cannot recommend this trip enough. It surely won’t be my last #haitiannomad trip. Chapo ba Richard!
By Michelle M for Cap-Haitien: Roots of Freedom on 05 May, 2021
This was my first trip with Haitian Nomad. The level of professionalism is unmatched! It kind of reminded me of my summer camp days. When you're apprehensive at first when you're dropped off but don't want to go home at the end when your parents come to get you. Sometimes you don't know how much weight you're carrying until you release it! This review may be long winded. I went with Richard Cantave the owner of Haitian Nomad. This last year has been hell on wheels for me. Travel is my love language and I feel I needed to get away. I tend to be shy and an introvert and I don't people well. I can be socially awkward at times. I saw the Haiti trip through I decided to book. I know I probably asked 1,002 questions prior to the trip but Richard was so patient with me. Even reassuring. I was nervous and anxious. I didn't know how I'd fit in. I want to reassure anyone contemplating booking a Haitian Nomad trip to just do it. Be open, be flexible and get out of your own way! From the time you book until the time you are returned to the airport to return home you will experience 5 star service with a staff who's hearts are as big as their smiles! On this trip something happened that I haven't felt in awhile, my soul smiled! I have about 20 new sisters and brothers! #haitiannomadtrips #haitiannomad
By LaCrissa S for Cap-Haitien: Roots of Freedom on 02 May, 2021
Thank you for this amazing review Lacrissa---This is exactly the type of feeling we aim to have each and every guest leave with on every Haitian Nomad experience. We look forward to welcoming you again pretty soon somewhere around the world.
By Haitian Nomad on 02 May, 2021
It was amazing. Well thought out and lots of fun.
By Sahar T for Cap-Haitien: Roots of Freedom on 02 May, 2021
Thank you Sahar! It was a pleasure to host you --we look forward to having you join us again soon somewhere around the world.
By Haitian Nomad on 02 May, 2021
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I have been traveling with Haitian Nomad since 2016. Within these 4 years they have built themselves a very solid reputation. I have recommended friends who came back with praising reviews. Originally centered on Haiti, they now have a global imprint with well-curated trips to discover the beauty and history of some dope locations. On Richard's trips, careful consideration is always taken for our security as well as our health. We see that illustrated even more in 2020 as we deal with the current pandemic. On our most recent trip, we made sure to be in complete compliance with both the US and Senegal by getting tested for COVID-19 before, during and after our trip. All of us left and came with back with negative results. As a healthcare provider, I felt in trusted hands the whole time and also did not feel that our group was compromising the health of the country we were visiting. The itineraries usually includes a mix of activity and relaxation (sometimes hardcore rejoicing at night lol). The best part is you always leave Richard's trips with unique travel experiences as well as lifelong friendships.
By annie t on 16 Nov, 2020
Short Version: Book with him ASAP I cannot recommend the Haitian Nomad enough!! My first trip, we'd returned from Cuba and after the experience, I was thoroughly impressed with Richard's trip. His trips are extremely well planned and a lot of thought and effort was put into ensuring everyone is having the time of their life. Richard pays attention to all the little details, is very organized, and adds a personal touch to the experience that you're not likely to get anywhere else. During our trip to Cuba, Richard organized a wonderful home-cooked rooftop dinner in the city of Trinidad and it was such a fun, unique experience. He made sure to take us around to the sights and helped us if we needed anything while on the trip. Prior to the trip, Richard provided us with all the necessary information leading up to the trip and gave us tips and suggestions on what to expect and other things to do as well. He is also open to feedback on how his service can be improved so he gets an A in customer service from me. Overall, it was the perfect trip and I couldn't have asked for more. So far I've been on about 5 or 6 trips (maybe more) and it exceeds expectations every time!
By Jessica W on 16 Jul, 2019