Image: Coconut trees surround beach houses in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Virgin Vacations offers a five-night special on the Cook Islands for just $2,089. This price covers airfare, accommodation and transfers; including the flight from the main island of Rarotonga (where you’ll spend the first two nights) to the remote Aitutaki atoll for a three-night sojourn.
updated 5/29/2008 10:59:34 AM ET 2008-05-29T14:59:34

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Various through December 2008

The deal
Looking for an exotic island escape that won’t empty your pockets? We have the perfect trio of choices. Check out what’s cooking in Cook Islands for only $2,089, with airfare and five nights split between two islands. Or jet off to French Polynesia for an eight-night beach holiday in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora for $2,899. For a slice of island paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, we suggest a five-night escape to the Seychelles, for only $1,069 with deluxe lodging.

Cook Islands for $2,089
There’s something cookin’ in Cook Islands; we recommend you go check it out before the year ends. We found a sensational deal to this stunning 15-island Polynesian archipelago! Virgin Vacations offers a five-night special on two islands of this far-flung paradise for just $2,089. This price covers airfare from Los Angeles, accommodation at beachfront hotels, and transfers; including the flight from the main island of Rarotonga (where you’ll spend the first two nights) to the remote Aitutaki atoll for a three-night sojourn. This price is valid for trips through January 2009.

Tahiti escape for $2,899
Tahiti is another one of those ultra-expensive South Seas islands but you won’t have to break the bank for a holiday there. We found a price-crunching deal that will get you a French Polynesian vacation for less! This Virgin Vacations special costs $2,899 for an eight-night vacation split between three islands: Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Included is air from Los Angeles; the inter-island flights; midrange lodging; and airport transfers. The holiday covers two nights in the capital of Tahiti, Papeete, three nights in Moorea, and three nights in Bora Bora. The price is valid for travel between June and October.

Seychelles from $1,069
Just below the Equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the remote Seychelles archipelago is one of the most spectacular places on earth. It also happens to be one of the world’s most exclusive island destinations, with accommodation priced through the roof. But we found a deal that gets you a sunny spot in this dreamland at a price you can afford. General Tours offers a terrific Seychelles special for $1,069, inclusive of a five-night stay at a deluxe beach resort, with daily breakfast. This stay is valid for travel through December, at La Digue Lodge, an upscale property surrounded by an exotic tropical garden.

The dollars
The rates for the above packages are per person, based on double occupancy. The first two packages are excellent-value due to the fact roundtrip airfare is included. The flight only could almost top the price of these hotel and air-inclusive packages. The Seychelles special is land-only but saves you a chunk of change over rack rates at the specified hotel.

The catch
Brace yourself for a seriously long-haul flight, regardless of which island you choose!

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