Getting to Bora Bora

People consider the island of Bora Bora to be the most beautiful spot on planet earth. Part of the appeal is its remoteness and solitude, both of which you’ll definitely appreciate once you arrive, especially for a honeymoon trip. The downside to the remoteness part is that Bora Bora is not a place that you can reach quickly or cheaply, unless you are already in French Polynesia.

The good news is that it’s straightforward so there aren’t a lot of agonizing choices to ponder over.

Getting to Bora Bora
Why you don’t need a travel agent for a perfect Maldives water villa holiday

all due respect to offline travel agents and the hard work and expertise they can provide, those traveling to the Maldives for a private-island holiday don’t really need them, and will almost certainly save money without one. If you’ve only ever booked luxury holidays with your friendly neighborhood travel agent, then you might as well carry on doing that. But if you don’t have a travel agent and unsure of the value they bring, read this article and you’ll discover that you are probably better off without them.

Why you don’t need a travel agent for a perfect Maldives water villa holiday
Overwater villas closest to Zanzibar

Found within the Indian Ocean just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, the archipelago of Zanzibar is a stunning place to visit that offers beautiful, clear waters to wade and snorkel in alongside wide stretches of beach. You’ll also find lots of beachfront hotels here, but at the moment, none of the hotels offer overwater villas.

Because of this, you’ll have to travel a little further away to find your overwater escape.

Overwater villas closest to Zanzibar
When to visit Bora Bora

such an incredibly popular island for honeymoons among North Americans, Bora Bora has its high season and largest crowds during June and July, but for those with a choice of when to go there are probably better times of year, depending on your goals, so we’ll discuss each season below.

When to visit Bora Bora
Getting to the Maldives

it feels like paradise once you arrive in the Maldives, and especially at your overwater bungalow resort, the location is quite remote for pretty much everyone. Spread over a huge area just southwest of India, it’s many thousands of kilometers from Europe, and even quite a long way from the Middle East as well.

Fortunately, there are many flights into Malé International Airport from all over, meaning that most people will only have to change planes once along the way.

Getting to the Maldives
Bora Bora overwater bungalows for 4 people in one room

Heavily portrayed in movies, music videos and used as backdrops for many famous novels, the South Pacific is a dream come true for most vacation seekers. It used to be that only honeymooners and other romantic couples sought out this island paradise, but nowadays more and more families are choosing the South Pacific for their next vacation.

Even so, there are still quite a lot of overwater resorts that choose not to cater to families, especially those traveling with 2 kids.

Bora Bora overwater bungalows for 4 people in one room
Overwater bungalows closest to the US and Canada

Once you start researching overwater bungalows and villas, you’ll find that there are dozens of overwater resorts around the world, giving lots of people the opportunity to visit one that isn’t too terribly far away. If you reside in North America, particularly the US and Canada, then you’ll note that there aren’t any overwater resorts along the vast stretches of coastline, however, there is one within the state of Florida. The Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is located in Orlando and is a good choice for families visiting the area and parks.

Overwater bungalows closest to the US and Canada
Overwater bungalows with 2+ bedrooms around the world

Most overwater resorts cater with bungalows and villas that house a luxury bedroom in addition to a seating area and private deck, but did you know that there are also resorts that take it up a notch and offer two bedrooms, and sometimes even three bedroom suites? These resorts do have a higher nightly rate and are considered to be in the super luxury category, but are well worth the money if you have it.

Overwater bungalows with 2+ bedrooms around the world
Maldives overwater villas for 4 guests in one room

When planning a tropical vacation or holiday, the Maldives often top the list of possible destinations. Over the years, what was first viewed as a destination suitable only for romantic couples, destination weddings or honeymoons, has now become a paradise for all types of traveling groups, including those with children under the ‘adult’ age required in some overwater rooms.

Even though more children are accompanying their parents on vacations, it doesn’t mean that all resorts will cater to the young travelers, especially if there are 2 in tow.

Maldives overwater villas for 4 guests in one room
Editor’s Choice: 6 Best Maldives water villa resorts for families

Many people consider the Maldives to be primarily a destination for honeymoons and romantic trips, but it’s also extremely popular with families. Out of the nearly 80 water villa resorts in the Maldives, a few dozen have special “Kids’ Clubs” (as they are usually called) specifically built and staffed for the young ones.

Most of these resorts also have swimming pools and tennis courts in addition to beach and water sports, so a range of ages can have a trip they’ll never forget, leaving the parents some time on their own as well.

Editor’s Choice: 6 Best Maldives water villa resorts for families