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Point Venus

Address: Mahina, French Polynesia
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Ranked #20 of 38 things to do in Tahiti
Type: Bodies of water, Geologic formations, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Located on the tip of a scenic peninsula surrounded with black-sand beaches, this area is the...
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Type: Bodies of water, Geologic formations, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Hamilton, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The history of the site is based on its association with Captain Cook and the HSM Bounty. There is the lighthouse and monuments to Captain Cook and the HMS Bounty listing all the crew. There is a nice black sand beach that has calm waters. At the time we visited there was an aqua fit class taking place. It is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Nice black sand beaches. There is little surf in the bay, so a great place to go paddle boarding and snorkeling. You have an amazing view of the sunset here. The sun just sinks into Moorea. The beach also seemed to be more of a local spot than full of tourists which was nice to see.

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Hawaii
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244 reviews 244 reviews
78 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

While there are nice views of the mountains and the water, it is easier to find better views around the island. This spot, not particularly picturesque itself, is primarily of interest because of the association with Cook. There is also a Bounty monument. We did not go into the water but it was very calm and the local residents clearly... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We drove out to Point Venus to see some history about Captain Cook - unfortunately it was disappointing and neglected.

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Rhode Island
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302 reviews 302 reviews
224 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Historic lighthouse, a monument to Captain Cook, and the views around this area are beautiful so its worth a brief stop. There was a little shop with a nice selection of souvenirs ( the prices weren't to bad) and there was a local food truck in the parking lot if you are adventurous. I wouldn't spend any length of time... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,583 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

History and astronomy buff's will get the most out of visiting here. 10km east of Papeete and easily reached by bus is the Point Venus headland, 1km down a side road from the main coast road. Buses go all the way down to the tip. This is where Captain Cook watched the rare transit of Venus in 1769, something which... More 

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Neuilly sur Seine
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It's beautiful but the dark sand and the crystal waters are a threat to your eyes and feet. The waves are great when learning to surf.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
43 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Nothing special to look at, but given its historical relevance, may as well give it a visit as part of a tour.

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

It was nice seeing where Cook and lT Bligh landed as well as where the 1962 version of ?Mutiny on the ?Bounty was filmed, but aside from looking at the lighthouse and seeing the old anchors there isn't much here from an attraction standpoint. If you are here for the beach this is a great spot the locals go yo.

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Vancouver, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The lighthouse was not much to look at, but was definitely something to see while in Tahiti. If you make a trip out of visiting the Faarumai waterfalls & blowhole you can pack a picnic lunch to eat on the black sand beaches! *Traveled in August 2012

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