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Matavai bay from the Venus Point beach
Capt. James Cook observed the transit of the planet Venus in 1769 at Point Venus, Tahiti's northern most extremity. The low, sandy peninsula covered with ironwood (casuarina) trees is about 2km (1 1/4 miles) from the main road. Captains Wallis, Cook, and Bligh landed here after anchoring their ships offshore, behind the reef in Matavai Bay. Cook made his observations of the transit of Venus across the sun in 1769 from a point between the black-sand beach and the meandering river that cuts the peninsula in two.
At Venus Point on the east coast, you should visit the picturesque black sand beach which has an added attraction in the form of a tall, white lighthouse and a park. There is a snack bar, a souvenir and handicraft shop, and toilets.

Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/tahiti/A22289.html#ixzz0JkTJMBN3&C

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