The Islands of Tahiti celebrate 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

The late 1760’s was a busy time for explorers in French Polynesia. Captain Bougainville declared his crew were the first European explorers to set foot upon The Islands of Tahiti. However, upon returning to France, Bougainville learned he was six months too late, as British Captain Samuel Wallis aboard the HMS Dolphin was the first documented western explorer to arrive in Tahiti at Matavai Bay. Almost year to the date after Bougainville’s exploration of Tahiti, Captain James Cook arrived by orders of the Royal Society to help determine longitude by observing the transit of the planet Venus across the sun that would only be visible from a point, now known as Point Venus, in Matavai Bay, Tahiti on June 3, 1769. 2019 will mark the 250th anniversary for Captain Cook’s arrival, who left behind a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge, including some of the first detailed maps of The Islands of Tahiti.

The Islands of Tahiti and their tour operator partners are offering special 250th-anniversary packages and experiences for visitors to retrace the expeditions that connected and expanded the Old World with these remarkable islands.

At the same time, with the introduction of new flight options, there is no better time than now to travel to The Islands of Tahiti. Frenchbee, who started service in May 2018, and United Airlines, which launched its non-stop San Francisco to Papeete route in October, join daily service of Air Tahiti Nui and thrice-weekly Air France from Los Angeles, as well as Hawaiian Airlines, which added a second weekly flight from Honolulu.

With lower prices and variety of experiences and islands to explore in the destination, another fantastic reason to visit is the value and authenticity of staying at a Tahitian Guesthouse, a locally run and immersive type of accommodation. For a more affordable and easy vacation, travellers can now select from seasonal Tahitian Guesthouse packages featured on the Tahiti Tourism website

Hall 5.2a / Stand 109

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