Brando Overwater Bungalows – Bora Bora

Just off of the island of Bora Bora, situated over a lagoon, are five overwater bungalows. Out of these five, four bungalows are available for bookings. All together, they are known as the Brando Overwater Villas. Individually they are known as Brando's Overwater Bungalow, Marlon's Over Water Hideaway, The Black Pearl and Dream Holiday Bungalow. Currently, the first three are all owned by Richard and Seiko Holland, though they are said to have been previously owned by Marlon Brando. The Dream Holiday Bungalow is currently owned by Francoise and Richard, another couple.

Though the four bungalows are very similar to each other, The Black Pearl is easily the most luxurious, which is reflected in the price. With that said, all four of the suites are offered at a budget rate, making each of them accessible for those with smaller wallets. Though the prices themselves may be appetizing, the fact that each welcomes children has helped to make them even more popular. Because these bungalows are not part of a typical overwater resort, you will find that you'll need to rent a car in order to visit a spa, travel to tour offices and to shop for your groceries.

Location

Brando's Overwater Bungalow, Marlon's Overwater Hideaway, The Black Pearl and the Dream Holiday Bungalow are located next to each other along the northern coast on the island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific.

4 Overwater bungalows, each listed separately below

1 – Brando's Overwater Bungalow

(two bedrooms, one bathroom)

  • Beds: One queen bed and two twin beds
  • Area: 1450 sq ft (135 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: TV with DVD player and stereo
  • Room service: No

Special room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Basic soaps
  • Local maps
  • Mobile phone
  • Safe
  • Washing machine
  • Towels
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishes
  • Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Views of the lagoon
  • Kayaks
  • Two beach chairs
  • Steps into the ocean

Rates

  • Average nightly rate is US$339 to US$475 with a minimum stay of 4 to 7 nights

2 – Marlon's Over Water Hideaway

(two bedrooms, one bathroom)

  • Beds: One queen bed and two twin beds
  • Area: 1450 sq ft (135 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: TV, CD player, DVD player and stereo
  • Room service: No

Special room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Private balcony
  • Step into the ocean
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking utensils
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Blender
  • Gas grill
  • Dining area
  • Full kitchen
  • Two bathrooms
  • Books
  • Iron and board
  • Washing machine
  • Mobile phone
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Beach chairs
  • Kayaks
  • Beach towels

Rates

  • Average nightly rate is US$330 to US$475 with a minimum stay of 4 to 7 nights

3 – The Black Pearl

(one bedroom, one bathroom)

  • Beds: One queen bed and two twin beds
  • Area: 1400 sq ft (130 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: TV, radio, stereo, video library, satellite, DVD player, CD player and music library
  • Room service: No

Special room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hair dryer
  • Living room
  • Full kitchen
  • Local maps
  • Mobile phone
  • Towels
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes
  • Utensils
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gas frill
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Books
  • Games
  • Kayaks
  • Beach chairs
  • Private deck
  • Walkway into the water

Rates

  • Average nightly rate is US$393 to US$550 with a minimum stay of 4 to 7 nights

4 – Dream Holiday Bungalow

(two bedrooms, two bathrooms)

  • Beds: Two queen beds
  • Area: 1184 sq ft (110 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: TV
  • Room service: No

Special room features

  • Fans
  • Hair dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Iron and board
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes
  • Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Dining room
  • Double hand basins
  • Showers
  • Balcony
  • Kayaks

Rates

  • Average nightly rate is US$378 with a minimum stay of 3 nights

Check rates and availability of the Dream Holiday Bungalow

Restaurants and bars

There are various restaurants on the island that you can drive to.

Resort features

  • Tennis courts
  • Kayaks
  • Phone cards
  • Car rentals

Spa

There is no spa on-site.

Nearby activities

  • Cycling
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • Jet skiing
  • Mountain climbing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Whale watching
  • Horseback riding
  • Bird watching
  • Beachcombing
  • Pier fishing

What the reviews say

Reviews for all four bungalows are quite good, with many reviewers citing how great the kitchens, views and bedrooms are. There are a few things you'll want to note before booking, however. First, you'll want to make sure to pick up shampoo and the like from the market as you won't find them in your rooms. Also, because this isn't a typical resort, you'll want to rent a car so that you can travel to stores for food to cook in your kitchen. Though these situations aren't really negative, they are things that some guests wish they had known prior to their arrival. Also, you'll want to be aware that although the suites are nice, they're not as nice as many of the other overwater bungalows on the island. The decor is noted as a bit lacking and is thought of as dated looking. These details don't seem to bother guests much as the price is very reasonable.

Getting there

To reach one of the bungalows, you'll first hop on an international flight to the island of Tahiti. After landing, you'll then board a 45 minute flight on Air-Tahiti to Bora Bora. Then you take the free ferry to the main island. The Brando Overwater Bungalows are 10 kilometers north of the main village of Vaitape on the coastal road.

Overwater bungalow video tour: The Black Pearl

Photo gallery of Brando's Overwater Bungalow, Marlon's Overwater Hideaway, The Black Pearl and the Dream Holiday Bungalow- Click to enlarge