Paul Gauguin was inspired by them, Rogers & Hammerstein immortalized them in song, and James Mitchener wrote, “Anyone who has ever been there wants to go back.” Explore the verdant peaks, crystalline waters, and pristine beaches of these magnificent volcanic islands, from dolphin-watching at Moorea to snorkeling off Bora Bora. Discover the “Garden Island” of Huahine, with its lush rain forests and dramatic terrain, and experience the Polynesian antiquities of Raiatea. Then enjoy an unforgettable day on the cruises private motu (islet) off Taha’a.
This is your opportunity to win a fabulous 8-Day/7-Night Paul Gauguin Tahiti Cruise—a $15,000 value*. We are awarding this cruise for two to the lucky winner of our opportunity drawing to be held at the 2013 Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance on Sunday, September 15th. Just 300 tickets will be sold at $50 each. First come, first served. Don't let this opportunity for a dream vacation escape you.
To obtain your drawing ticket
Simply write a check payable to "Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance" for the amount of $50.00 (or multiples of the amount for more than one ticket). Send it to:
Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance
1921 S. Catalina, Ste. 5
Redondo Beach CA 90277
Include your mailing address, phone and email address. Your drawing ticket will be sent via U.S. Mail.
Drawing will be held during the Awards Ceremony at the 2013 PV Concours D'Elegance — 4 p.m., Trump National Golf Club, September 15, 2013. No other purchase necessary, and winner need not be present (but you don't want to miss the event!).
Day 1 Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti
Begin your journey to a paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Here you'll embark Paul Gauguin . This luxurious yet casual, ultra-deluxe vessel will be your home for the next week. With an endless choice of things to do, from relaxing poolside with a book to playing the slots in the casino, you will never be bored.
Day 2 Raiatea
You will have the day to explore the island that was once the cultural, religious, royal and political heart of Polynesia, and, according to legend, and lore, as well as Tahiti's most significant archeological sites. Ancient Polynesians built maraes, or temples, of stone in many sizes. The maraes provided a physical space for the spirit of the gods to occupy during ritual ceremonies, as did the carved wooden tikis for which the region is famous. Be sure to visit Taputapuatea, a national monument and the most important marae in the Society Islands. We will bid adieu to Raiatea just before dinner and set sail with the compass set for Motu Mahana.
Day 3 Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is our very own South Seas paradise featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, guests will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.
Day 4 Bora Bora
Immediately recognizable by the basalt tombstone of Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.
Day 5 Bora Bora
Explore more of this magical isle on your own or on a choice of optional shore excursions. Choose from several, like a jitney tour on “Le Truck,” or a 4-wheel-drive safari, or a glass-bottom boat ride. We will set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.
Day 6 Moorea
Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons and palm-fringed beaches – Moorea's awesome beauty is unsurpassed. During your visit, you might wish to shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist and witness these fascinating animals in their amazing natural habitat, or try out some of the local pineapples – said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. An overnight here affords us two full days on Bora Bora's gorgeous sister island.
Day 7 Moorea/Papeete (Tahiti)
Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps you will choose to trek on the “Trails of the Ancients” or snorkel one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the afternoon, we cruise to our home port in Papeete, docking for the night.
Day 8 Disembark in Papeete
Cap off your epic journey where it all began. You won't be the same as when you first set sail – these exotic isles are said to touch people in magical ways. If you want to explore more of this side of paradise, perhaps you will choose our pre- and post-cruise hotel programs in Huahine, Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha'a and Papeete.
*Specific offer is for select departure dates only, subject to availability and may not be combinable with other offers. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply. All dates may not be available at time of booking. All offers are subject to change, and may be withdrawn at any time. Airline fare is not included.