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Address: Mahina, French Polynesia
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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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I was cycling (which I absolutely do not recommend. The roads are not designed for it) and it was easy to find. Beach thee too which has waves. Black sand so be aware it's very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2016
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Doha, Qatar

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

It amused me that the Captain Cook memorial is so insignificant and the Samuel Wallis memorial so eye-catching. And so it should be. Wallis was the first European to find Tahiti, not Cook. And he was the one (with the assistance of Tupaia) who regulated interaction between Tahitians and Europeans, making the island a relatively safe place for Cook to... More 

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Willunga, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

There really is not much to see at Point Venus - the lighthouse is kind of neat and the signage (in three languages is pretty good) explains the visits of Wallis, Cook and Bligh as well as the arrival of the missionaries on the Duff - all in the 18th century. The beach is black sand and there are better... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

This really is a highlight of Tahiti Nui. Back home in England, it would not warrant a second look. Just the Cook connection, perhaps, but it is no place to spend much time. Having said that we were fortunate to visit it at a time when 20-30 outrigger canoes were racing off the shore. There is a light house, a... More 

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Croydon, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

This site is important for two reasons. The first being the astronomical measurements taken during the transit of Venus across the Sun to determine the planets distance. The second and most important to Australians is that Captain Cook left here and went on to discover the East coast of Australia. Without the first, Australia today would probably be French !... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

I was cycling (which I absolutely do not recommend. The roads are not designed for it) and it was easy to find. Beach thee too which has waves. Black sand so be aware it's very hot underfoot! Midlifejess.wordpress.

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Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

This is supposedly the spot where Captain Cooks party did their astronomical observations regarding the transit of Venus across the sun (incorrectly, as it turned out). There is a couple of monuments here, no a black sand beach, but basically, not much here.

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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

This is a public park area with several monuments to commemorate historic moments in relatively recent Tahitian history. The lighthouse is imposing and worth a trip. The monuments are worth having a look at, just because. But over all, this is not a must do while on Tahiti.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

We stopped by Point Venus as one of our around-the-island tour. Nothing special here, but the view at the bay was spectacular. Looks like a park that locals hang out on weekends, so definitely a nice spot if you want to see the locals do their local things.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

This black sand beach is a pleasant enough stop if you are driving around the island en route to the waterfalls. It appears to be popular with locals for swimming. There are restroom facilities. For a more beautiful black sand beach, check out Taharuu beach.

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Powell River, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

One of the "must see" places to visit if doing a tour around the island by car. We didn't try swimming from the black beach but it was certainly very popular with the locals

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