It’s worth mentioning that the majority of these resorts have a captive audience. In the Maldives in particular, every single resort is on a private island, and only a few offer access to another resort, which they also own.
In Bora Bora and elsewhere in the South Pacific, some of the resorts have restaurants nearby, though in most cases those are also quite expensive. Really, it’s only for the two overwater bungalow resorts in Tahiti where you might hop in a taxi and for a reasonable price end up at a cheaper restaurant in Pape’ete.
With this in mind, it’s important to realize that you’re daily food costs will be quite high, mostly because it’s expensive for the resorts to get fresh food to these remote places. Choosing the all-inclusive meal option is a good idea to avoid sticker shock at what you might spend otherwise.
Finding deals on all-inclusive packages
It’s true that some traditional travel agents can offer special package deals, but increasingly the best deals are found online since commissions are much lower. The best thing to do is just pick the resort that interests you and check for the dates you want. In many cases you’ll find that big discounts are available online, especially for stays of 5 nights or longer.
If you don’t see a discount at one resort then check another. If you are visiting during high season then discounts might be harder to find, but even then you’ll usually find at least one or two places offering special deals.
Once you click into the resort you are interested in, you’ll usually see multiple options for each room, with one being an all-inclusive meal plan.