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Point Venus, Tahiti

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Combine sunbathing with a bit of Tahitian culture and history at Point Venus, a public black-sand beach. Said to be the spot from which Captain Cook watched the planet Venus cross in front of the sun, the beach includes a monument commemorating the explorer, as well as a lighthouse designed by the father of "Treasure Island" author Robert Louis Stevenson. Take a dip in the shallow waters and gaze across the sea at the island of Moorea. With ample shade, the site also presents a great opportunity for a picnic. Make Point Venus part of your personalized Taravao itinerary using our Taravao trip builder.
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  • 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 distan...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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...  more »