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Barbados diving, air/7 nights, from $626


The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on an American Airlines carrier to Barbados, seven nights at Coconut Court Beach Hotel, airport-hotel transfers, breakfast daily, a half-day scuba course, one shipwreck dive, $25 Oistins Fish Fry dinner voucher per room, 25 percent off at select restaurants, coupons for select land activities, hotel taxes, fuel surcharges (totaling $30), and departure tax, from $626 per person—plus estimated taxes and fees of $83.

When: Sept. 1–30, 2009.

Gateways: Miami; $138 for Phoenix; $140 for Houston; $190 for New York City; $210 for Chicago; $230 for L.A.; $310 for Denver; $370 for Seattle; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Airport taxes and fees are about $83 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $332. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: July 31, 2009.

Contact: Caradonna Dive Adventures, 800/328-2288,

Why it's a deal: We did a Kayak search to compare airfares and found that the lowest available fare between Miami and Barbados for travel in early September was $464 (BWA Caribbean Airlines). For an additional $245, Caradonna's Discover Scuba package covers airfare, as well as seven nights' accommodations, airport-hotel transfers, breakfast daily, a half-day scuba course in confined water (including all equipment), one open-water dive, a $25 dinner voucher, 25 percent off select restaurants, fuel surcharges, and all taxes.

More: Additional nights at the Coconut Court Beach Hotel start at $59 per person.