Overwater bungalows closest to Hawaii

If Hawaii was suited to building overwater bungalows in the same way that Bora Bora and Moorea are, there would be dozens of some of the world’s nicest resorts already offering them up. Unfortunately, the Hawaiian Islands aren’t right for them so you have to go a bit farther in order to find the perfect honeymoon suites.

The good news is that there are amazing overwater bungalows on Tahiti as well as Moorea just across from it, and many of the world’s most luxurious tropical resorts are found in Bora Bora, which is less than an hour away by plane. These French Polynesian islands are more remote so they feel more exotic and far less crowded than Hawaii, so it’s easily worth the slightly longer flight for most couples and even families. [read more]

About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it’s actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 80 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.