Manihi Pearl Beach Resort – South Pacific

Manihi Pearl Beach Aerial

Permanently closed as of late 21012.

As part of the famous Pearl Resorts chain that has locations throughout the South Pacific, the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort lives up to the high standards. This is considered a 3.5-star resort, with reasonable prices to match, and its most unusual feature is the extremely secluded location in the Manihi Atoll group of island, which are best known for pearl farming.

With only 40 bungalows total, including 21 beach and garden bungalows, the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort definitely has a small and welcoming feeling compared to the large overwater resorts of Bora Bora. Popular with the honeymoon and anniversary crowd, the hotel also has family and children’s activities and programs available, making it a good all-around choice for those wanting to experience an overwater bungalow in the moderate price category.


The Manihi Pearl Beach Resort is located on a small island in the secluded atoll of Manihi, northeast of Tahiti in the South Pacific.


14 Overwater Bungalows
5 Premium Overwater Bungalows (Same layout but with best views and most privacy, plus air conditioning)

Overwater bungalows: 19
Beds: 1 king size or two twin beds plus 1 extra single bed
Area: 549 sq ft (51 m²)
Wi-Fi: No
Entertainment system: Television
Room service: Yes

Special room features

  • Glassbottom table
  • Sundeck with direct access to the water
  • Ceiling fan
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Phone
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board


  • Low season online specials from US$587 per night
  • High season online specials from US$712 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • The Poe Rava Restaurant – International and Polynesian cuisine
  • The Miki Miki Bar

Resort features

  • Freshwater infinity pool
  • Beach volleyball
  • Kayaks
  • Mini Golf
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outrigger Canoes
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Bacci ball court
  • Badmington
  • Game room – billiard
  • Bicycles
  • Family/children activities


The Manea Spa is a full-service spa located on the resort grounds.

Nearby activities

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Hand line fishing
  • Island tour by boat
  • Picnic day on a secluded islet
  • Sunset fishing cruise
  • Visit of a Black Pearl farm
  • Drift snorkeling
  • Boat rental with captain
  • Manihi Blue Nui Dive Centre
  • Sunset cruise

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort are quite positive, more so than is typical in this lower price range of overwater bungalow resorts. Many reviewers mention that the small size of the hotel is a major plus and that helps it feel more private, intimate, and authentically Polynesian.

Some previous guests complain that the variety of food available is limited, which is only a problem since there are few nearby options, but most quite like the food and service. As long as guests are aware that this is a secluded resort in a lightly populated part of French Polynesia, they seem quite happy with what’s on offer, making this resort an unusually good value for the price.

Getting there

To reach the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort you must first fly to Tahiti and then board another plane for a 90-minute flight to the Manihi Atoll. The airstrip is very close to the resort itself, and hotel staff will greet you there and take you the rest of the way by golf cart.

Photo gallery of the Manihi Pearl Island Resort