Papeete, French Polynesia
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Approximately 7 Hours
Departing Papeete, this tour takes you along the West Coast of the island of Tahiti.
Visit the most interesting Museum of Tahiti & Her Islands, located on La Pointe des Pecheurs (Fishermen's Point). Resident exhibits here include a number of archeological finds, but you will also be able to form an impression of the island's geology, flora and fauna, as well as learning about the culture and customs of ancient and modern Tahiti.
Lunch is served at Le Coco's Restaurant -- a deluxe location by the shoreline with a fine view and delicious cuisine.
This afternoon, visit the Arahurahu marae, situated in a beautiful valley. It is a short walk to this sacred place, which served both religious and social purposes in pre-Christian Polynesian societies.
Continue down the towards south of the island, passing steep coastline en route to a private residence. The home was originally built by former missionary, English novelist Robert Keabel, in the late 1920s. The present owners will welcome you for a guided visit to the splendid gardens and treat you to a refreshment. The interior of the house is not included in your visit; however, you will be able to take a quick look at the British style of interior design from the verandah.
After a relaxing drive along the abrupt east coast, you'll stop at Venus Point. This was the historic landing site for all the original explorers, including Captain Bligh in 1788 and the first Protestant missionaries in 1797. It boasts the 110-foot-tall white lighthouse built in 1867 and still operational to this day.
Your last stop is at the James Norman Hall House. The home displays the daily environment of this poet and writer of American contemporary literature.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.