Tahiti Sights

Pointe Vénus and Lighthouse

  • Turnoff at PK10, Coastal road
  • Tahiti
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Published 03/29/2016

Fodor's Review

This point on Matavai Bay has major significance: it is the place where Captain Samuel Wallis landed in 1767 and where James Cook watched the transit of Venus in April 1769. The crew of the infamous Bounty also stepped ashore here in 1788 (and did not want to leave), as did the first members of the London Missionary Society, who arrived in 1797. An impressive white lighthouse—Tahiti's only lighthouse—was built in 1867 to commemorate the anniversary of Wallis's arrival; it stands just feet away from the black-sand Pointe Vénus Beach. There's no sign pointing to the turnoff, but be prepared to swing off the coastal road at PK10.

  • Lighthouse, Venus Point, Tahiti, Fench Polynesia

    Pommeyrol Vincent / Shutterstock

Sight Information

Address:

Turnoff at PK10, Coastal road, Tahiti, Windward Islands, French Polynesia

Published 03/29/2016

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