As fond as we all are of drooling over photos of Bora Bora resorts, we are in the age where everyone is walking around with a video camera all the time. Needless to say, you can tell a lot about a resort hotel on video that you can't get a good sense of in photos alone, so we've collected the best video tours of all the Bora Bora resorts below.

There are nine different luxury resorts on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora that have overwater villas. After you look at the resort grounds, or perhaps before, you should also look at video tours of each of the Bora Bora overwater bungalows themselves. Each of those videos can also be found at the bottom of the page for the individual resorts, so you can find them when you need them.

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Video tours of Bora Bora overwater bungalow resorts

We spent many hours trying to find the best video for each of the 9 Bora Bora resorts with water bungalows, and in some cases we found two that are worth a look. In a few cases (near the bottom) we could only find a professionally shot video of mostly aerial footage. Those are beautiful, but they don’t show an honest portrayal in the same way the guest videos do.


Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Here’s a video (5:45) of a couple showing us their favorite spots at the Bora Bora Hilton Nui Resort, and she’s a surprisingly professional host. We see various scenes of the stunning grounds, foot bridges, the infinity pool, the place where a key scene from the Bachelorette TV show was filmed, the wedding chapel, an outdoor spa area with a “million dollar view”, and the best place for sunsets.

 

>More information about the Conrad Bora Bora Nui

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

This is a simple video (3:45) of the front view from a beach cruiser bike as this fellow rides from his overwater bungalow to the beach area on the other side of the resort. The lighting is fantastic and this video gives you a great sense of just how wonderful and spread out the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is. You can walk everywhere, or you can ride the free bikes, or have a golf cart pick you up and drop you off.

 

 

Here’s a promotional video for the resort with aerial shots of the St. Regis Bora Bora from every angle, all set to a lovely chill-out tune. It’s hard to imagine anyone watching this video and NOT wanting to book an overwater bungalow there.

 

>More information about the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

This 10-minute video is the perfect way to get familiar with the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (which is the newer and more expensive of InterContinental’s two Bora Bora resorts. It starts with clips of the boat ride from the airport, then we climb into a golf cart for a guided tour that guests receive as they check in. It ends with a tour of their overwater bungalow itself.

 

>More information about the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

This 8-minute video is a collection of some lovely scenes at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, all set to soothing music. It starts with a brief tour of an overwater bungalow, and then moves on to beach and resort footage. It’s not exactly a tour of the whole resort, but it shows a lot and will make you want to book there for sure. The last few minutes are of the sea life, which is also inspiring.

 

>More information about the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

Here’s a 5-minute video of a hotel tour by a guest who has just arrived. It doesn’t show the full grounds, but it does show the main parts of it. As lovely as the Sofitel Bora Bora is, you can see why it’s less expensive than the 5-star deluxe resorts on this page.

 

>More information about the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

Le Méridien Bora Bora

This 3-minute video shows off the renovations that were completed at the end of 2010 at the Le Meridien Resort in Bora Bora. Combined with the video below, you get a good sense of the place.

 

 

Here’s an edited honeymoon video from the Le Meridien Bora Bora, set to an uptempo ukulele song that probably brings back great memories after the trip. It starts out with a boat ride then a tour of the overwater bungalow, including some diving off the deck. Then we get views from another boat ride, followed by a little tour of the grounds, including the turlte sanctuary.

 

>More information about the Le Méridien Bora Bora

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

I couldn’t find a homemade video touring the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora, so here’s a professional promotional video of aerial footage set to somewhat relaxing music. It’s great stuff, but it doesn’t quite give you the idea what it’s like when you are staying there.

>More information about the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora

This is another professional promo video for the Bora Bora Le Maitai Resort, so again it shows it off beautifully, but still really doesn’t give you a sense of what it’s like to walk the property yourself.

 

>More information about the Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Here’s another slick promotional video, this one for the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. There’s Polynesian music and lots of fantastic aerial shots that help make the place look amazing.

 

>More information about the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
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    1. Pam,

      We keep a full list of all overwater bungalows in the Caribbean, and each one is describe in pretty great detail. I have no reason to think that the ones in Panama aren’t safe, although I haven’t been myself. They tend to attract scuba divers and they are very popular from what I can see. There are also overwater bungalows at the Disney Resort on a lake, so that’s another one to look into. Sorry I’m not of more help. -Roger

  1. Hi there. We’re a family of 6 (mum, dad, and four boys 16, 15, 13 and 8) who primarily surf, but also want to enjoy time snorkelling etc. We’d love to stay nearest to decent surf (doesn’t have to be massive though! Just really fun waves-especially as the 8 year old needs to be involved and me (mum) doesn’t really surf bigger than 2-3 foot either these days :)). We desperately want to stay in a water villa but are so happy to do it on the cheap (thats we how we travel-always on a massive budget, so as long as rooms are clean that’s all we care about). Can you recommend anywhere/a few cheap water villas for us? Thanks so much! We’re coming April 13th-April 20th.

    1. Samantha,

      Your main challenge will be that most overwater resorts only allow 3 guests per bungalow and a few allow 4 guests per bungalow, but none of them allow 6. You’d have to get two overwater villas for six people and that would start at around US$700 per night at even the cheapest place. A few of the Maldives water villa resorts have surfing beaches, and the cheapest way to pull that off would be to get one water villa and one island villa and take turns in the water villa. Sorry the news isn’t any better. -Roger

  2. Hi
    I wish to combine a trip to Tahiti with a trip to Easter Island next year. Do you have suggestions for somewhere in Tahiti that is an over water option? Also do you know if it is correct that Tahiti and Easter Island are only connected on a Tuesday by air? Do you have any recommendations for how to combine the two? We are flying from NZ.

  3. I am currently planning a birthday and graduation get away, two weeks, two islands, over the water and beach front looking at next April any suggestions on how to save $? I know if we do the over the water on Moorea vs Bora Bora will save some $. Anything else would be much appreciated.

    1. Rosary,

      I’d say your best strategy for (hopefully) saving some money, or rather getting a free upgrade, is to book only two nights are so in each overwater bungalow and the rest in a beach room. You will have a much better chance of a room upgrade compared to anyone who is only booked in a beach room, so you should be at the top of the list. You might end up 4 or 5 nights in an overwater bungalow that way while only paying for two and the rest in a beach room. It’s a bit risky if you REALLY want to spend most of the week overwater, but it could work.

      Honestly, the overwater experience is amazing for a few days but the novelty wears off a bit after that because you always have to walk much farther to get anywhere compared to the beach rooms. April is one of the slowest months in the South Pacific, so you should be getting pretty good rates as it is. Sorry I don’t have more advice for you. -Roger

  4. You mentioned eco-style resorts in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. Do you have a list of these? We would love to stay in an affordable over the water bungalow but don’t want to have to fly all the way to Tahiti.

  5. Soleena,
    for the future
    I hope you don’t mind me sharing 🙂
    It is considered rude to use capital letters when chatting. It is considered to be shouting. You did not sound like you were cross so I thought you’d like to know. Cheers Audrey

  6. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I MUST COMMEND YOU ON YOUR ATTENTIVE, RESPONSIVE DEDICATION TO ASSISTING THOSE THAT SEEK GUIDANCE AND OR SOME SENSE OF DIRECTION ON THE ENDLESS PLETHORA OF VACATION DESTINATIONS AND THE POTENTIAL DISCOUNTED RATES AND TRAVEL PACKAGES. VERY ADMIRABLE, I HAVE TO ADMIT!

    AND AS FAR AS MY CONCERNS GO, DO YOU KNOW OF A RELIABLE AND LEGIT, YET DECENTLY/AFFORDABLY- PRICED WATER BUNGALOW RESORT/HOTEL/ETC., THAT I COULD BOOK IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS FOR A POTENTIAL 4-7 NIGHTS STAY- DURING THE END OF TIS MONTH THRU THE END OF SEPTEMBER? Thanks so much sweetheart!

    1. Soleena,

      Thank you for the kind words, and sorry for the delayed response. We actually do an annual list of the cheapest overwater bungalow resorts in the world on our sister site. You’ve probably seen it, but you may not have realized that it’s the same data. There are no secret places that aren’t on the list, at least if you are looking for a "honeymoon-style" overwater bungalow. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll try to help, and more quickly this time. -Roger

    1. Jacki,

      There is a new resort opening next year in Panama with honeymoon-style overwater bungalows. We don’t know the rates yet, but they should be far more affordable than the new Sandals resorts in Jamaica. If you are okay with the eco-style resorts, there are many in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. -Roger

  7. hello there
    this will be our first time traveling to the maldives ,
    my wife and me want a nice romantic place with a private pool in our overwater bungallow and a beautiful view ,,this will be our second honey moon ,,, wich island or resort do you recomend

    thank you so much .

    1. Agustin,

      Actually, we have a list of the best Maldives water villa resorts with private pools. The first one on the list is amazing and it’s also the best of the all-inclusives, though it’s quite expensive. If you are looking for one that is more modestly priced you’ll want to focus on the bottom one on the list, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort. The water villas there are huge and all have private pools. Have a great trip and let me know if I can help further. -Roger

  8. Is there a number to call to tell an advisor what exactly we want / expect out of our trip so they can recommend the best resort thay would fit our needs. Also which part of maldives is the best to stay as far as entertainment brar by etc.

    1. Kira,

      We are primarily an online guide to water villa resorts and we don’t do bookings or consultations, although I try to offer advice when I can. As far as which part of the Maldives, each resort there (by law) is on a private island, and each one is different. If you are looking for a place with nightlife and entertainment then you’ll want to book at one of the larger places like Meeru Island, as they have multiple bars and night time activities. Some of the smaller resorts have nothing beyond the dinner service and a small bar. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  9. I am dreaming and want to plan a trip for a ann. next year. a couple different places so I see all the beauty in Tahiti or where ever I can afford. please send me more info and updated rates. THANKS for the tips.

  10. I really want to stay in a over water bungalow at some point in time. So can you get an all-inclusive with 2 or 3 day in the bungalow and then move to an island room?

    1. Dee,

      Yes, you can definitely stay in an overwater bungalow for only part of a stay at a resort. In fact, it’s mentioned above that this is a pretty good strategy to possibly get an upgrade for additional days or perhaps your whole stay. Best of luck with this. -Roger

    1. Katherine,

      They are good deals if you enjoy drinking more than one or two alcoholic drinks each day. Generally, pretty much all the activities are included at all overwater resorts, so it’s pretty much food and drinks that are part of all-inclusive. And it’s not surprising that alcohol tends to be quite expensive (as does food) at these resorts, so all-inclusive is best for drinkers. Otherwise, you are subsidizing big drinkers if you don’t consume much alcohol.

      It’s also worth noting that nearly all the all-inclusive overwater resorts in the world are in the Maldives. There are none like that in or near Bora Bora. -Roger

    1. Alino,

      There is a link to the cheapest online booking site for each resort on each page. Just look for the link that says "Check for online specials…"