Moorea 5-star water villas with private lagoon access for US$501 per night

You'll find several great luxury overwater resorts to choose from on the island of Moorea, making it one of the more popular overwater tropical escapes. Though they all offer rooms that are situated over the ocean or a lagoon, they are not all the same. Some pride themselves on offering a romantic atmosphere while others are suited for those with an adventurous side.

If you're looking for a mixture of both, then the Hilton Moorea Laggon Resort and Spa is just right for you. At this resort you'll find lots of great outdoor activities to join in on, a spa, several dining options, and private overwater rooms that impress with a private deck and steps that lead directly into the lagoon water below. You can get all this at a starting rate of US$501 per night for two people including breakfast.

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Maldives 4-star resort with a private deck and steps into the ocean for US$406 per night

Because of the large amount of overwater resorts that call the Maldives home along with the wide range of nightly rates available, travelers eyeing a stay in one of these incredible accommodation options have a good chance of finding a resort that fits nicely into their budget. If you're looking for a romantic island escape with rates that rest in the lower price range, then you'll want to strongly consider the Medhufushi Island Resort.

At this resort, not only will you find 4-star luxury rooms offering stunning views alongside easy access into the water below, but a wide range of amenities that will help to make your vacation unforgettable. These amenities range from a full service spa to snorkeling and scuba diving tours just beyond the island. Starting at just US$406 per night for two people, this private island vacation is one for the record books.

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Bora Bora 5-star water villas with shark feeding and snorkeling gear for US$576 per night

An island that commonly saturates traveler's dreams, Bora Bora is a tropical escape worthy of a second visit. It's also an vacation experience that requires a good chunk of change to enjoy, especially if you're eyeing an overwater villa at one of the island's luxury overwater resorts.

One of the most popular overwater choices on the island is the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Here you'll find a large selection of land and overwater villas to choose from, various ocean activities, dining options and a spa. Because of all the activities available, this resort is actually a solid choice for families and for honeymooning couples. With overwater villa rooms starting at just US$576 per night for two people, this resort is a hard one to beat.

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Maldives 5-star all-inclusive resort with scuba center for US$494 per night

While it is true that staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives is not a cheap vacation option, there are a few luxury resorts that are ideal for smaller budgets. These resorts come with either 4 or 5-star ratings, a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, ocean activities that include scuba diving and snorkeling and a number of different dining choices, including a few bar options. These resorts also come with some great reviews, making them standout choices on any roster.

One of these resorts is the Veligandu Island Resort. Based on a private island in the North Ari Atoll, this resort is a great option for those seeking luxury at a budget friendly price. Starting at just US$494 per night for two people, you'll find an all-inclusive overwater villa vacation that will make your family members and friends jealous.

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Tahiti 4-star water villas with gym, scuba diving, private beach for US$733 per night

There are many of us who dream of visiting the South Pacific for an overwater holiday. In order for this dream to come into fruition however, there is a certain amount of money needed. Luckily, not all of the resorts within this region are ultra expensive, making this dream more attainable for the rest of us.

One resort that pleasantly fits into various budgets is the InterContinental Tahiti. Here you'll find over 200 rooms, 32 of which reside over the water. You'll also find a scuba diving center, land activities and a spa. Due to the resort's location, you'll find that it is very easy to travel to and from the airport. All this starts out at only US$733 per night for two people.

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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 90 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.