It's fair to say that Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti are among the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, but quite a few families also love to holiday in the South Pacific as well. Even though many resorts outwardly specialize in honeymoon and anniversary trips, about half of them also cater to families.

Fortunately, most of these resorts are also quite large considering the number of guests they accommodate, so children usually have places to play and hang out that don't interfere with the couples who've come for peace and romance. The high-end resorts have full-service Kids Clubs with supervision and activities, so they are great choices if you can afford them.

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Bora Bora or Moorea for families?

We included both islands on this list because they are both stunning and secluded, and many people visit both islands on the same trip. Bora Bora is more known for 5-star luxury resorts while Moorea is known for its 4-star resorts that offer great value.

 

There are also two resorts on Tahiti with overwater bungalows and both are excellent for family visits. They are more affordable and easier to reach than the Moorea and Bora Bora resorts, so they are worth considering as part of your trip or even as the final destination.


Best Moorea overwater bungalow resorts for families

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

  • Overwater bungalows: 39
  • Total rooms/suites: 114

 

The Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort is a solid choice for families in spite of not having a formal Kids Club on the premises. The main feature here is a modest cost compared to the other family-oriented resorts, but there is plenty more to recommend. The overwater bungalows all have a sofabed, so small families can easily fit into one room.

 

Another major advantage here is that the snorkeling in the lagoon where the bungalows are is fantastic, which isn’t true of all resorts. There’s also a swimming pool and a long list of water sports and other activities. Babysitting is available upon request. The location is also nice in that it’s easy to reach nearby shops and restaurants (most will pick you up free if you call them), and that makes things easier on families looking for variety at a reasonable cost.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$654 per night
  • High season online specials from US$713 per night
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Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

  • Overwater bungalows: 54
  • Total rooms/suites: 106

 

The Moorea Hilton is usually considered the finest of the overwater resorts on Moorea, and fortunately it also scores high with families as well. The overwater bungalows (and the island rooms) are quite large and filled with amenities. The rest of the resort is luxurious but also very family friendly with children’s activities as well as a babysitting service.

 

The restaurants offer children’s menus plus high chairs, and they even have a special children’s video rental service. Even with only 106 guest rooms, this resort really goes out of its way to be as friendly to families as it does to its honeymoon and anniversary guests. The location is also convenient to reach nearby shops and other attractions, which isn’t the case in many Bora Bora resorts.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$640 per night
  • High season online specials from US$647 per night
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Best Bora Bora overwater bungalow resorts for families

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

  • Overwater bungalows: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 62

 

This is the more affordable of the two InterContinental resorts on Bora Bora, and that alone makes it a bit more family friendly. The overwater bungalows as well as the island rooms are quite large and comfortable, and are much larger than a typical city hotel room.

 

In addition to a long list of water sports and activities, this resort also has a children’s menu, babysitting services, table tennis, and a children’s game area. It’s also the only overwater resort on Bora Bora to be attached to the main island, so getting to nearby shops and other restaurants is fast and easy.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$805 per night
  • High season online specials from US$877 per night
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Le Méridien Bora Bora

  • Overwater bungalows: 85
  • Total rooms/suites: 99

 

Another of the more modestly priced Bora Bora resorts, the Le Meridien has large overwater bungalows that each have a sofa bed in them. This means that smaller and younger families can all stay in the same room. The most interesting family feature here is the Turtle Center at the heart of the resort, which lets guests get up close and personal with native turles, who also populate the lagoon and surrounding area.

 

The snorkeling in the main lagoon is also excellent, as just one of the many sports activities. They feature sailing and rafts with kid-sized equipment at the ready. There’s a small infinity pool next to the sandy beach overlooking the lagoon. The staff here get very high marks from past guests for dealing well with families and children as well.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$625 per night
  • High season online specials from US$868 per night
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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

  • Overwater bungalows: 80
  • Total rooms/suites: 83

 

Newer and more posh than the sister InterContinental resorts at the southern tip of the island, this one is more up the price scale but worth it for those who can afford it. Each overwater bungalow is over 1,000 square feet, so they are huge by pretty much any standard.

 

There is no dedicated Kids Club here, but the staff have a great reputation for welcoming younger guests and there is plenty to keep them busy. There’s a pool but also fantastic snorkeling. This one is probably not ideal for younger children, though it’s a solid choice for families with school-age kids.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,425 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,503 per night

 

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Conrad Bora Bora Nui

  • Overwater bungalows: 85
  • Total rooms/suites: 120

 

One of the larger resorts on Bora Bora, the Conrad Bora Bora Nui is nicely spread out so each guest can find their own corner to enjoy. The overwater bungalows are huge, with the smallest class being just over 1,000 square feet. They also have 2-bedroom overwater suites which are perfect for families on higher budgets.

 

The staff here are very attentive to families and can handle most any request. There is a huge beach here with good snorkeling and other water sports equipment, as well as bicycles free for use by guests. The infinity pool here is one of the largest in the South Pacific, making it ideal for young ones who want to have their own space.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,158 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,180 per night
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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

  • Overwater bungalows: 100
  • Total rooms/suites: 121

 

While it might be out of reach from a price standpoint for many families, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is otherwise the perfect resort. It has the Tamarii Club, which is a dedicated Kids Club for ages 5 to 12 with activities and facilities going all day. There is also Chill Island for ages 13 to 17 with more adventurous activities and a supervised lounge meant just for teen guests.

 

The overwater bungalows at the Four Seasons are also enormous at well over 1,000 square feet each. The bungalows also have a queen sofabed in the living room, so families can fit in one room but still have space to spread out. You can expect excellent service here for all ages, just read the reviews to see that this should be a top choice for anyone who can afford a stay.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,149 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,360 per night
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St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

  • Overwater bungalows: 77
  • Total rooms/suites: 91

 

Arguably the finest resort in the South Pacific, the St. Regis Bora Bora has the family thing covered as well as its honeymoon offerings. They have a Kids Creativity Club with its own beach and indoor play area, and of course a variety of supervised activities and games for those 5 to 12.

 

The huge overwater bungalows are ideal for families already, but they also include such touches and child-sized bathrobes, in-room toys, and family-friendly movies. The St. Regis butler program makes almost anything possible with one phone call. They also have large family overwater suites here for families where budget isn’t an issue.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,288 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,830 per night
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    1. The tips are in the article and overwater bungalows mostly start at US$300 per night in the absolute cheapest places, but US$600 per night is more realistic in the more desirable places. -Roger

    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…"