Map of all overwater bungalow resorts in the South Pacific

As you might already know, almost all of the overwater bungalow resorts in the world are in two main places. One is the Maldives, which is an island group and nation just southwest of India, where you’ll find about 75 water villa resorts alone. That accounts for about two thirds of all the overwater bungalow resorts in the world.

The other grouping, which is actually more famous internationally, is spread around the South Pacific. Of course “the South Pacific” is a pretty vague-sounding term, and some people prefer to visualize things. As a result we’ve put together this map of all overwater bungalow resorts in the South Pacific, including the clusters in Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. [read more]

Map of Tahiti and Moorea overwater bungalow resorts

When most people think of the South Pacific or French Polynesia the name “Tahiti” immediately springs to mind. While it is the most populated island by quite a bit, Tahiti isn’t nearly as secluded or even exotic as many other smaller islands in the region. Moorea, for example, is a short ferry ride away, and it’s smaller and more beautiful as well.

The main thing that Tahiti has going for it is that every flight into or out of French Polynesia goes through the main Tahiti airport, so it’s a tranfer point for every guest, regardless of whether you are staying on the island or not. Also, the flights tend to arrive at odd hours, so some guests are more or less forced to stay on Tahiti on their first or last night. [read more]

Map of all Bora Bora overwater bungalow resorts

Many people consider the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora to be the single most beautiful place on earth. While it’s obviously impossible to prove that, Bora Bora is so special that it even looks gorgeous from the satellite view. With that in mind, we’ve made a map showing the exact locations of all the over water bungalow resorts in Bora Bora.

When you are looking at it keep in mind that in the center of the main island you’ll find a tall volcanic mountain, which is visible from just about every resort in the area. This alone makes for spectacular views and unforgettable photo opportunities, but the clear-blue lagoon water that is also clearly visible from this satellite view also looks fantastic in person and in images. [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.