Glen Allison
Sailboats anchored at sunset, in Papeete, Tahiti.
updated 3/7/2007 2:32:45 PM ET 2007-03-07T19:32:45

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Travel by: September 2007

Few places conjure up images of sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and over-water bungalows like Tahiti. Exotic and beautiful, Tahiti has a temperate year-round climate that makes anytime a great time to go. With its picture-perfect landscapes, this French Polynesian paradise is also a powerful magnet for vacationers seeking an upscale beach holiday – but we’ve scouted out deals that will save you from breaking the bank. Pick from a threesome of air-land combos that start at just $1295, or sail the South Seas on a five-star cruise from only $2895.

Terrific Tahiti Holiday for just $1295
If you're dreaming of a posh Tahiti holiday, we found a deal on offer from Tahiti Vacations. A five-night foray to this tropical island paradise is now on sale for just $1295! The price includes airfare from Los Angeles, all transfers, and a sojourn at a four-star beachfront resort. Good for travel Sunday through Thursday until April 30, the package covers lodging in an oceanview room at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti. This full-service property has a full spectrum of activities on offer – from snorkeling to windsurfing – as well as a stellar spa and a first-class restaurant on the premises.

Jet Off to Tahiti this Summer from $1569
If you can hold off on your French Polynesia fling till spring or even summer, Virgin Vacations has an ideal offer. A six-night escape to Tahiti, valid for travel between May 26 and September 30, is now priced at only $1569. We checked the price of flights during this popular season and found that airfare alone would cost you almost as much as the total price of the package! If you book this low-cost deal, you’ll be getting air from Los Angeles plus a stay at the three-star Hotel Tiare Tahiti. This spot is situated right across the harbor in downtown Papeete, the island’s capital; also included are all transfers and hotel taxes.

Tahiti & Bora Bora Combo for $2259
Want to see more of the South Pacific? Here’s our suggested itinerary: spend an evening on Tahiti and then jet off to the stunning island of Bora Bora, a short flight away. This heavenly holiday can be yours for $2259 if you book through Tahiti Travel Planners and depart before May 31. The package comes with air from Los Angeles (or New York at low extra cost), all transfers, one night in Papeete at Sofitel Tahiti Resort, and five-nights in a superior bungalow at Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort. More upscale options are available, running up to $3459 for a deluxe stay at InterContinental Resort. Only Monday through Wednesday departures include an overnight in Tahiti; otherwise head straight to Bora Bora.

South Seas Sailings now from $2895
Prefer to sail the South Seas? We've found two options for you: a last-minute cruise bargain and an early-bird deal. If you’re ready to pick up and go in the next couple of weeks, Orbitz has an unbeatable special. Depart Papeete on March 17 or 24 for a week-long cruise of the French Polynesian islands aboard Regent Seven Seas’ five-star Paul Gauguin and pay just $2305 for an oceanview cabin. This sailing is normally priced at $3305, so the offer saves you 30% off the brochure price – a hefty $1000, in fact! Not ready to leave just yet? CruisesOnly has an early-bird deal for a deluxe 10-night Polynesian cruise aboard Paul Gauguin departing from Papeete next December. Regularly listed at a wallet-busting $4495, this cruise in an oceanview cabin can be yours for $2895.

The Dollars
All quoted pricing is based on double occupancy. The packages exclude air taxes and fees while the cruises exclude government taxes and fees.

The Catch
The Polynesian islands are known to be pricey so expect to pay a pretty penny for personal expenses.

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