Island Drive

3.25 hours | Tahiti (Papeete) | PPT-130
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Points of Interest

  • Island Drive
  • Tahara'a "One Tree Hill"
  • Point Venus
  • Tomb of Pomare V
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your half-day tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic drive to the Monument of Captain William Bligh. The National Geographic Society erected the monument in the early 1960s to commemorate the naval feats of Captain Bligh.

In 1776, Captain James Cook appointed Bligh as Sailing Master of the HMS Resolution for his third voyage to the South Seas. He was only 21, and to achieve that senior rank on a major scientific expedition was a great tribute to his abilities. During the voyage he discovered the breadfruit plant. In 1789, he directed a voyage of 3,618 nautical miles in 47 days, one of the most remarkable feats in the history of navigation. They traveled in a small, overloaded open boat with no maps or compass to the Dutch port of Coupang, Timor. Sailing through the Fiji Islands, the first Europeans to do so, they were pursued by cannibals on two fast sailing canoes. Bligh managed to chart the islands and his findings were so accurate, they could still be used today. The breadfruit tree under which the Monument of Captain Bligh is erected is an offshoot of one of the original trees he introduced to the Caribbean Islands in 1793.

You'll continue along the scenic east coast of Tahiti, passing the famous Papenoo surfing beaches along the way. Keep your camera ready for photo opportunities at virtually every turn.

You'll drive to Tahara'a "One Tree Hill" for a spectacular view of Matavai Bay. Captain James Cook sailed the "Endeavor" into Tahiti's Matavai Bay in 1769 and sighted a single tree with bright red-orange flowers growing on the promontory above the bay. Cook used the tree as a navigational landmark and named this reference point "One Tree Hill." Although the gnarled old tree has long since disappeared, the lookout provides impressive panoramic views of the island of Moorea, the Sea of Moons and the surrounding coral reefs and lagoons. The monumental 110-foot tall lighthouse built in 1867 is still operational up to this day.

You'll continue to Point Venus, Tahiti's northernmost extremity. Once the site from which Captain James Cook's astronomer tracked the transit of Venus across the sun, today its black-sand beach is recognized today as the most popular beach on the island.

You'll make a photo stop at Orofara Lookout Point and at the Tomb of Pomare V, the last king of Tahiti who ruled for only a short time before his controversial decision to transfer sovereignty of his territories to France in 1880. Before returning to the ship, see city highlights such as the Chinese cemetery and temple, the Presidential Palace and government buildings.

For tours that offer more in-depth exploration with actual visits to one or more sites, see the other options in this port.

Special Notes:

On Sundays additional time will be provided at the other photo stops as the Tomb of Pomare V is closed.

As a disembarking tour, transfer to the airport is an additional cost and will have to be purchased separately.

Child Price:

12 years and under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Taharaa Lookout 'One Tree Hill'

Time at site:
00:20

Visit to Point Venus

Time at site:
00:30

Visit to Arahoho Blowhole

Time at site:
00:35

Photo stop at Faarumai Waterfalls

Time at site:
00:30

Re-board motorcoach for return to ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:40

Tomb Pomare V

Time at site:
00:25