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Tahiti, air/7 nights, from $1,599

Laze on a powder-white beach in Moorea and spend a night in the bustling capital of Papeete, home to the Gauguin Museum.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Air Tahiti Nui to Papeete; one night in a lagoon-view room at the in Papeete, six nights in a Lanai room at the , breakfast daily, a round-trip ferry transfer between Papeete and Moorea, all transfers, baggage handling, a flower lei gift on arrival and a shell lei on departure, fuel surcharges (about $176), and hotel taxes, from $1,599 per person — plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $90.

When: Nov. 1–Dec. 10, 2010, Jan. 7–May 25, 2011; add $200 for Aug. 25–Oct. 1, 2010, Dec. 11–Jan. 6, 2011.

Gateways: L.A.; add $300 for Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle; $360 for Atlanta, New York City; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Airport taxes and fees are an additional $90 per person. A city tax of about $2 per person per night is additional. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $660. To book, refer to promo code 2010_Spring_Early Bird_MOZ. Read before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: May 7, 2010.

Contact: Tahiti Tourisme North America, 877/468-2448, .

Why it’s a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare between Papeete and L.A. was $1,500, with taxes, for travel in early November (Air Tahiti Nui). For an additional $189, this covers the international airfare, plus one night in Papeete, six nights in Moorea, a round-trip ferry transfer, breakfast daily, and all taxes and fees.

More: Optional activities include a Circle Island Tour with a visit to Belvedere ($40 per person), or a dinner and a show at Tiki Theatre Village ($118 per person, including round-trip transfers). Additional nights start from $110 per person per night at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort in Papeete and from $170 per person per night at the InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea. Upgrade to business-class international air for an additional $895 per person each way.