The Real Deal: Airfare, five nights' accommodations, use of tanks, weights, and belts, and round-trip transfers, from $1,169 per person—plus airline taxes.
When: Feb. 2–Mar. 31, 2008.
Gateways: Fort Lauderdale; add $40 for New York City; $70 for Los Angeles; $80 for Chicago; $110 for Houston.
The fine print: Use of tanks, weights, and belts is included for two dives daily. Non-diver discount is $370. Rental of snorkel mask costs $5 per use, and fin rental costs $5 per use. Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $450. Breakfast daily is included. Lodging taxes, service charges, and round-trip local transfers are included. Internet service is available for a fee. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: Feb. 2, 2008; based on availability.
Contact: Caradonna Dive Adventures, 800/328-2288, caradonna.com.
Trip details: The air/hotel/dive package includes a five-night stay at Sunset House. The resort caters primarily to divers, and its team of pros allows you to choose from several sites in the area. You can choose from shore, reef, night, wall, and wreck dives in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, famed for its 100 feet of visibility.
The per-person rate includes a courtyard-view room. You can upgrade to an ocean-view room for $120, and to an apartment for $225.
The resort also features plenty of non-diving amenities. Bird-watching, caving, biking, fishing, and kayaking are among the activities available at additional cost.
The average temperature in the Cayman Islands is 84 degrees Fahrenheit in February and March. But no matter what time of year you go, a sweater will come in handy when the temperature drops at night.