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. Luckily, there are a few resorts that have rebelled against the rest and happily invite families with children to stay in their overwater rooms. These resorts are spread out across the South Pacific and can be found on Bora Bora and Moorea.

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4 people in 1 overwater bungalow

Generally speaking, most overwater resorts cater to 3 or less travelers per  overwater room. This sometimes means that families with 2 children in tow either have to book a beach villa instead or change their resort choice altogether. Luckily, there are a few overwater resorts within the South Pacific that do allow for 4 people to stay in one overwater bungalow. These rooms usually come with a king size bed and either another smaller bed or the option of adding a second bed. These villas also range in price and amenities, making it easier to find which one is best for your vacation style.


Excitedly, there are two overwater resorts in Bora Bora that have suites with 2 bedrooms, so you may have more options than you think.

South Pacific resorts that allow 4 people in 1 overwater room

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

  • Water villas: 100
  • Total rooms/suites: 121


Four Seasons fans will enjoy a stay at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora where guests will find luxury intertwined with more luxury every second of their stay. This resort is also one of the world’s largest overwater bungalow resorts as most of the rooms are overwater with a few rooms island based. Due to the quality of luxury found at this resort, guests will find the nightly rate to be on the expensive side meaning that if you’re looking for a budget family vacation, it might be best to look elsewhere.


Both family friendly and couple friendly, families and groups will find overwater rooms large enough to fit 4 people. Each room comes with Wi-Fi, an entertainment system, stocked mini bar, 24 hour room service, housekeeping, snorkeling gear and the free use of non-motorized water sport equipment. Families also have the option of having cribs, high chairs, strollers and playpens put into their room if need. The resort will also gladly childproof the room’s large outdoor terrace.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,149 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,360 per night
>More information about the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora >Check rates

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

  • Water Villas: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 50


Great for both honeymoons and family vacations, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is part of a luxury chain of Pearl hotels that spread out within the South Pacific. This 5-star resort is known for having a friendly staff, great amenities and restaurants as well as a large amount of activities to partake in. An added feature is that it is only a 5-minuet free boat shuttle ride away from the main island of Bora Bora, allowing guests to further venture out.


With most rooms having views of Mount Otemanu and all having views of the ocean, guests will witness views of a lifetime everyday of their stay. Rooms are large with 1 king size bed (or 2 twins) and a single bed, great for those traveling with 2 children. Each room also features a glass table viewing area, large sundeck with direct access into the water and a fully stacked mini bar.


  • Low season online specials from US$670 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,111 per night
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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

  • Water villas: 80
  • Total rooms/suites: 83


One of Bora Bora’s finest and most exclusive resorts, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is a great choice for families and couples. Here children are allowed in the overwater bungalows even though there are 3 larger family suites on the beach.  Each of the 80 overwater rooms are more like apartments instead of hotel rooms as they are quite large in size, allowing ample room for you, your family and belongings. A king size bed can be found in each room along with a sofa bed that can be pulled out to accommodate 2 children.


The resort also features a restaurant, outdoor pool with a poolside bar, a business center, sauna, fitness facility and a spa. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and island tours via outrigger canoe, jet sky or car during their stay.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,425 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,503 per night
>More information about the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa >Check rates

Resorts in Moorea that allow 4 guests in one overwater room

Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea

  • Water villas: 28
  • Total rooms/suites: 94


Featuring 66 garden and beach rooms in addition to 28 overwater bungalows, the Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea is a boutique hotel conveniently placed on the corner of Moorea Island. Differing from most other resorts in the South Pacific, this resort incorporates its Polynesian surroundings helping to create more of a tropical feeling as apposed to a European feel.


Each overwater bungalow caters with a king size bed and a single bed, Wi-Fi, an entertainment system made up of satellite 26″ flat screen TV and DVD player, glass floor section, air conditioning, sundeck and more. Guests will also find 2 restaurants and a bar, a jacuzzi, infinity pool, volleyball and an on-site diving center alongside snorkeling opportunities.


  • Low season online specials from US$553 per night
  • High season online specials from US$556 per night
>More information about the Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea >Check rates

Aimeo Lodge – Moorea

  • Water villas: 6
  • Total rooms/suites: 30


The Aimeo Lodge, formerly know as Club Bali Hai, currently offers 6 overwater villas to choose from, alongside land based rooms. When looking into your overwater room choices, you’ll find that there are two different room sizes to choose from, which allows you to better cater your vacation to the amount of people you’ll be traveling with. Though the rooms do vary slightly, you’ll find that each one comes with air conditioning, a shower in your private bathroom, a living room, a full kitchen and a private terrace with a seating area. You’ll also find steps that lead directly into the ocean, great for a quick afternoon swim.


The bungalows themselves are perched merely over the edge of Moorea, rather than stationed on stilts further out. In addition to the rooms, you’ll also find an on-site restaurant and an outdoor pool. You’ll also find a gift shop, a lounge and kayaks to rent if you’d like.


  • Low season online specials from US$146 per night
  • High season online specials from US$146 per night
>More information about the Aimeo Lodge – Moorea >Check rates
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  1. I’m wanting book a overwater (for a couple) from Honolulu for 2 nights in November 2022.
    What is the instruction ? Could I contact you privately ?

    1. Martine,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater resorts around the world and we don’t do bookings. We have links to the best source to book each resort on each of the pages. Best of luck! -Roger

  2. I’m wanting to take my family to a vacation in a bungalow..over water.
    Swimming pool..I have 6 adults and 2 kids. Can u help?…send name of place or pics

    1. Hank,

      Unfortunately there are no overwater bungalows that can accommodate 8 people. Most of them are built for 2 or 3 people and even the rare resorts with 2-bedroom units charge a fortune for those. You are best off looking for 3 separate normal overwater bungalows for your group. -Roger

    1. Katherine,

      I cover most of this in my article on when to go to the Maldives. The short version is that there are pros and cons to any time of the year. It’s really only late May through early July when you might get hours of rain at a time. The rest of the year the rain tends to come quickly and usually end in 20 minutes or less. I think most people actually prefer to go to the Maldives when the weather is worst where they live, because it’s always warm and pleasant in the Maldives. -Roger

  3. I’m just in the beginning stages of planning an anniversary vacation for around Sept if next year so I know it’s to early to book but wanted to know where I should be looking for the best rates on fights from atlanta Georgia. We want an over water bungalow all inclusive or mostly all inclusive lunch and dinner with drinks/alcohol included. And a few activities. If you know of 2 or 3 options that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you..

    1. April,

      There are a few very expensive all-inclusive overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, but none in Bora Bora or anywhere else in the South Pacific. If you really want all-inclusive then the Maldives is your best bet as they have about 25 resorts there that are all inclusive or offer all-inclusive options. You’ll probably get the cheapest flights from Atlanta to the Maldives about 5 months out. And you’ll usually get the best rates at a resort from 3 to 6 months out. Have a great trip. -Roger

  4. Hi
    I am very interested to know how to build a bungalow and the conditions ex. Water deep , power of waves , etc

    1. M,

      I get this question a lot and it always surprises me. I wish I could help, but we are an online guide to overwater hotels and we have nothing to do with construction of them. You might consider contacting construction firms in the Maldives, since most of the world’s overwater resorts are there and they keep building new ones. -Roger