Club Bali Hai Hotel – Moorea

Built in the 1960s, Club Bali Hai arguably invented the overwater bungalow, and it continues with the “classic” style to this day as the cheapest overwater hotel in the world. The location is exceptional, deep within Cook’s Bay with amazing views of Moorea’s mountains. The overwater bungalows themselves are merely perched over the bay’s edge, so they are less spectacular than the clearwater stilts bungalows at most other South Pacific resorts.

Being perfectly honest, the Club Bali Hai is only a good choice for those who want an affordable and novel accommodation with a stunning view. The facilities are quite dated and will disappoint those who come with high expectations. On the other hand, the location near many other restaurants and bars makes it an extremely easy and cheap place to stay on an island with very few choices in this price category.

Location

The Club Bali Hai Hotel is located deep into Cook’s Bay on the northern edge of the island of Moorea in the South Pacific.

Rooms/villas/suites

Overwater bungalows: 8

Overwater Suite with one king bed in each bedroom and a single bed in living room
One-bedroom Overwater Family Bungalows with one king in bedroom plus one queen and one single
One-bedroom Overwater Bungalow with one queen bed in bedroom and one single in living room

Special room features

  • Plexiglass floor section for underwater viewing
  • Air conditioning
  • Tropical shower
  • Complete kitchen with dishes and utensils

Rates

US$260 to US$365 per night per room (for 1 to 5 people)

Email and telephone booking available through Club Bali Hai official website

Restaurants and bars

  • Blue Pineapple restaurant and bar

Resort features

  • Swimming pool
  • Snorkeling
  • Tahitian dance show
  • Club Bali Hai Crab Races
  • Happy hour

Spa

There is no on-site spa, but nearby hotels have spas that are easy to reach and offer massage services.

Nearby activities

  • Ray Feeding & Motu Picnic
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Pareo Tying
  • Dolphin Watch
  • Golf

What the reviews say

Club Bali Hai is the oldest and cheapest overwater bungalow resort in the South Pacific, and many of the reviews appear to be written by people who were expecting something nicer, though some seem disappointed even with lowered expectations.

Complaints about insects and cleanliness are unusually common, so with this in mind it’s probably not an ideal hotel for those used to 3-star and above chain hotels, but it could be a fun and affordable holiday for those who are used to cheap and quirky hotels.

Getting there

To reach the Club Bali Hai you’ll need to fly to Tahiti and then take a short flight or a 1-hour ferry ride to the nearby island of Moorea. From either the airport or the ferry dock you can get a van or bus to take you the rest of the way to the hotel.