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Address: Mahina, French Polynesia

Located on the tip of a scenic peninsula surrounded with black-sand...

Located on the tip of a scenic peninsula surrounded with black-sand beaches, this area is the historic landing site of many famous explorers such as Captain Cook and Captain William Bligh.

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An interesting respite from the crowds

Our afternoon visit found an uncrowded seaside park, free carpark, local men playing bocce, walkers, swimmers and people just hanging out in the shadow of the lighthouse. Built... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Greg M
Warragul, Australia

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm a huge history buff, so probably get more excited than most. This place started out with capt. cook, on his first mission to track Venus , hence the name. Then others followed. Light house still stands, note date over door was in error, they thought they would finish before it was done.

Thank Rick P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We'd been told this was a must-see black sands beach - and no doubt, the waterfront was beautiful, but not unlike other spots along the coast that had many fewer people. We went on a Sunday which we later learned is a big family day in French Polynesia, which might account for the excessive traffic and density of population on... More 

Thank David G
Kingsport, Tennessee
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406 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This spot is a point that sticks out into Matavai Bay. Supposedly, Captain Cook used this location as an observatory, documenting the transit of Venus (hence the name) in order to calculate the distance to the moon. It is now what I would call a state park, replete with souvenir stall to snag the hapless tourists. You can wander around... More 

Thank Curtis S
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is where Captain Cook landed in Tahiti, it is also where the Bounty landed and went back to after the mutiny, there is a lot of historical information written on the walls and on the tower it is nice to walk around and read

Thank lesleywr
Warragul, Australia
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Our afternoon visit found an uncrowded seaside park, free carpark, local men playing bocce, walkers, swimmers and people just hanging out in the shadow of the lighthouse. Built in 1868, the lighthouse is an impressive structure that was constructed from coral stone. Equally interesting is the monument to Captain Cook and the information boards that relate history dating from 1769... More 

Thank Greg M
Burnsville, Minnesota
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Very beautiful views of the Tahiti coast and several boys kite-surfing in the winds offshore. There is the link ghthoyse as well as several historical markers and some handicrafts that are sold nearby.

Thank philminn
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

It's a nice place to swim in clear water (not good for snorkelling though! Nothing to see!) the black sand it beautiful.

Thank ToriJones
Gold Coast, Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

lovely park and safe beach of black sand.. interesting lighthouse and other historical items. small stalls selling souveniers

Thank 54cmp
Camden, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you want a simple black sand beach head to Point Venus. There are families and couples hanging out or swimming at the beach. Plenty of parking most days.

Thank Etienne P
Lower Mainland, BC
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Lots of historical monuments on the site including the 1867 lighthouse built by Robert Louis Stevenson's father, Memorial to 1st Christians to convert natives on the island, Bounty Memorial, Captain Cook Memorial. A must see in Tahiti.

Thank ShilohinBC

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