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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lower Mainland, BC

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Lower Mainland, BC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Saint Lucia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As a fan of the movie the mutiny on the bounty this is a mandatory place to visit when in Tahiti. It is nice to see it actually exists and lean of the time Capt. Bligh had spent there.

Thank Finallyfree
Menlo Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We visited here in August 2016. We got here by taxi (~20 minute ride northeast of downtown Papeete). This is sort of a very small park - a nice shady place to stop and check out the small monuments to Cook, Wallis, Bounty, etc... A lot of locals were picnicing, playing volleyball, swimming, etc... We walked through the little park,... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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