When planning your overwater vacation, you'll find that there are several different island locations to choose from. The most popular however, just may be the islands that make up the South Pacific. Here visitors will find tropical getaways that seem straight out of a movie with white sand beaches, clear waters teeming with fish and a Polynesia culture that is sure to impress. Unfortunately, many people think of the South Pacific as nothing more than a dream vacation, one that they feel they'll never be able to afford. Luckily, that's simply not the case. The islands of Bora Bora and Moorea welcome all with some overwater rooms not only catering to those looking for a luxury vacation, but those who seek one with an attainable price tag.

Below, we've put together a list of the 6 best cheap Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts that are all under the US$1,000 a night mark. These resorts, though low in price, are grand in design with spacious rooms with stunning island and/or ocean views, a nicely built list of activities and dining options and great reviews that detail not only the beauty of each resort, but their attention to detail and their pride in offering a vacation worth a thousand memories. It's true that the Bora Bora cost is higher than most other destinations, but there is nowhere else on earth like it.

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Finding a cheap luxury overwater resort in the South Pacific

With a plethora of overwater resorts to choose from in the South Pacific, visitors will find a large variety, some good, some not. To help you cheap Bora Bora vacations that still allow for a luxury experience, we’ve compiled a list of the best cheap Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts in the South Pacific. Each of the resorts listed below have:


  • Nightly rates under US$1,000
  • Large, spacious overwater rooms
  • Dining options
  • Outdoor activities
  • A spa or one nearby
  • Great reviews

6 Best cheap Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

  • Water villas: 24
  • Total rooms/suites: 64


With nightly rates starting off under US$500 per room, the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort is a great choice for those seeking top of the class amenities without breaking the bank. A favorite among Bora Bora resorts, guests will find large rooms outfitted with an outdoor shower, daybed, mini bar and more. Guests will also find two restaurants, an infinity pool, wine cellar, a shuttle service and a spa that offers a variety of massages to enjoy. This is consistently one of the best Bora Bora deals for those with lower budgets.


There are also nearby activities to enjoy such as snorkeling, scuba diving, shark and manta ray feeding excursions and a canoe tour. Though some do cite a bit of age, most reviews are very positive.


  • Low season online specials from US$933 per night
  • High season online specials from US$983 per night
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InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

  • Water villas: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 62


One of the first overwater resorts in the South Pacific, the InterContinental Le Moama Bora Bora Resort is a fan favorite for romantic getaways. Honeymooners flock to this resort year after year for a private vacation that creates memories fit for a lifetime. Alongside rooms situated both close to the beach and farther out, guests will find Wi-Fi, an entertainment system, a living room, bedroom, bathroom with dressing area and a fantastic view of the sea below through their own personal glass floor cutout.


In addition, the resort also offers two restaurants, an outdoor pool, a business center, boat rentals and cruises, helmet dives, snorkeling and much, much more. While there is no spa onsite, guests will find a shuttle that takes them to one nearby. With outstanding reviews and nightly rates under US$1,000 a night, it’s hard to go wrong.


  • Low season online specials from US$805 per night
  • High season online specials from US$877 per night
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Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa Bora Bora

  • Water villas: 48
  • Total rooms/suites: 60


For a surprisingly low nightly rate, guests will find themselves impressed in Polynesian tradition at a 5-star resort that prides itself of being the best of the best. The Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa is one for the record books with a location and feel that is perfect for honeymooners and others seeking a private and romantic getaway. With three different types of overwater bungalows to choose from, guests will find rooms with a mini bar, a coffee and tea making area, a private deck and a TV. It should be noted however, that there are no rooms with Wi-Fi here, so make sure you’re prepared to be disconnected.


Luckily, there’s a whole list of fun and interesting things to do including beach volleyball, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, ping pong, dining, a fitness center, and a full service spa. Reviews are strong with guests returning for second visits.


  • Low season online specials from US$684 per night
  • High season online specials from US$718 per night
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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

  • Water villas: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 80


One part of a large luxury chain, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is a 5-star resort with a built in spa that caters to both romantic couples and families. Here you’ll find restaurants, bars, sporting and water activities and fantastic views of both the island and the ocean. Each overwater room comes with a large sundeck with a sitting area along with direct ocean access, a fully stocked mini bar, separate shower and bathtub and the famed glass table which allows you a look into the underwater world without having to dip into the ocean yourself.


The spa itself is also very impressive with a variety of massage rooms, both single and double, a royal spa suite, a tattoo room, a few steam baths and saunas as well as a fitness center. Reviews are through the roof detailing both great rooms and a fantastic location.


  • Low season online specials from US$670 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,111 per night
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Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea

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


Though there are more land based rooms than overwater villas, the Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea prides itself on offering great ocean based rooms at a low nightly rate. Located on one corner of the island, this resort also offers privacy and a sense of a long lost paradise all your own. Here, instead of finding a western resort on a South Pacific island, you’ll be treated to a Polynesia feel with overwater rooms with thatched roofs and island hues.


You’ll also find an on-site diving center, infinity pool, jacuzzi, kayaks and outrigger canoes. Those seeking as much relaxation as possible will find exactly that at the resort’s spa. The Manea Spa caters with a steam bath, massage tables, a rain shower room and a special pool designed with aquatic massages in mind. Reviews suggest that not only is this resort a winner, but one that is great for both romantic couples and families, even those with younger kids.


  • Low season online specials from US$553 per night
  • High season online specials from US$556 per night
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Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

  • Water villas: 54
  • Total rooms/suites: 106


Located on the north shore of Moorea, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, formerly known as the Sheraton Moorea Laggon Resort, is a scenic resort that offers guests a long list of features and amenities alongside large overwater rooms. Here guests will find a restaurant and three bars, a beach, bicycle rentals to enjoy, a driving range, jet skiing, fishing and a pool, among other great activities and a spa.


Even though nightly rates are on the low side, reviews are very high with many guests stating their love for both the island and the resort. If you’re looking for that special Moorea holiday at a lower rate, this resort seems to be the place to be.


  • Low season online specials from US$640 per night
  • High season online specials from US$647 per night
>More information about the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa >Check rates
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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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