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Point Venus

Mahina, French Polynesia
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Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Taharaa View Point and Vaipahi Gardens
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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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  • Very good45%
  • Average30%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 8 June 2017

We took a road trip and found this park. Great views of the ocean. There was a school or camp with lots of kids at the park this day. We walked around and enjoyed the sites, the lighthouse, the out door market. They were doing...More

Thank SL21872
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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...More

Thank Rick P
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...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank Curtis S
Reviewed 4 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
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 19 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
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
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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

Thank 54cmp
Reviewed 26 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
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