Tahiti Island Afternoon Tour
The local currency is the French Pacific Franc but credit cards are accepted in many places and some businesses take US dollars.
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Two stone guardians stand at the entrance to Marae Arahurahu, as if to say, "This is a special place and we're here to make sure you respect it." The 5,300-square foot raised rectangular area and its 10-foot altar served as a place for royal, social, and religious ceremonies – and on one occasion, a battle to the death.
The original name of the marae (open temple) was Tu-Matamata-Hia, and it's where a quarrel between two kings was settled by having a warrior from each tribe do combat to the death. Both were skilled fighters; they battled until sunset, when Arahurahu was killed and his spear was broken in four pieces.
His king was devastated – Arahurahu had been his favorite warrior. So he ordered a cremation pit dug. The body was placed on heated stones, with the pieces of his spear at his head, under his ankles, and at each side. Then all was set aflame.
After a period of mourning, the king honored his fallen hero by changing the name of the temple to Marae Arahurahu. There are those who believe the warrior's spirit still roams in this special place, protected by guardians of stone.
Venus in Tahiti
Point Venus is where Captain James Cook built a fort in 1769 so he and a party of scientists could observe the Venus eclipse of the Sun and measure the Sun's distance from Earth. Today there's a picturesque lighthouse, built in 1868 (though it says 1867 over the door), and a monument to the crew of the Bounty, which also landed here. But there's nothing to celebrate Cook, and nothing remains of the fort but a name that sounds out of place without the story behind it.
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