When planning your overwater bungalow 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. Cheap Bora Bora all-inclusive resorts? Yes, please.

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. For cheap Bora Bora vacations, look no further.

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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, minibar 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. As Bora Bora resorts prices go, this one is perfect when you’re travelling on a budget.


  • Low season online specials from US$933 per night
  • High season online specials from US$983 per night
>More information about the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort >Check rates

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 WiFi, 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 with this amazing Bora Bora resorts cost.

If you’re been looking for the ideal, affordable Bora Bora honeymoon resort, this is it.


  • Low season online specials from US$805 per night
  • High season online specials from US$877 per night
>More information about the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort >Check rates

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 on 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 minibar, 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, windsurfing, ping pong, dining, a fitness center, and a full-service spa. Reviews are strong with guests returning for second visits and the Bora Bora resort prices are very competitive.


  • Low season online specials from US$684 per night
  • High season online specials from US$718 per night
>More information about the Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa Bora Bora >Check rates

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
>More information about the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa >Check rates

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 with its Bora Bora deals, 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
>More information about the Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea >Check rates

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 Lagoon 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. 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



    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…"