Luxury Moorea overwater bungalow for US$539 per night in June
Even though the coming months are the cheapest time of the year to visit the Maldives, the story in the South Pacific is the exact opposite. June through August are the high season for resorts so even the few “deals” offered seem expensive, but you can still find great value if you know where to look. The stunning island of Moorea is next door to Tahiti and it's more affordable than Bora Bora in spite of its beauty.
Specifically, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa still offers overwater bungalows for only US$539 if you book through their website. The typical prices in high season are well over US$600 per night, so this is close to a 20% savings from rates you'll see elsewhere for this and other similar Moorea resorts. Otherwise you'll have to wait until October or so to find rates lower than this and by then the weather isn't quite so perfect.
A Motu Overwater Bungalow at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa for only US$539 per night. For stays of at least 5 nights the rate includes breakfast daily.
This special rate is only available through the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa website, which offers a Low Price Guarantee that if you find a lower rate you get your first night free. In other words, you won't find a rate this low anywhere.
Every overwater bungalow is a suite
Photos of overwater bungalows poised over a turquoise lagoon look lovely but they don't convey how large these rooms tend to be. These water villas at the InterContinental Moorea Resort are among the largest in the region, at just over 700 square feet each. This makes them about double the size of a normal city hotel room, so they compare to suites at any hotel, except with the ability to walk down stairs directly into the lagoon below for these.
Part of the space is the private terrace for each bungalow, but inside they are still quite large, with a separate sitting area with a sofabed in each unit. In fact, these bungalows sleep 3 people for the same price, and everyone is comfortable. Bungalows also come with a large bathroom with a bathtub, bathrobes for each guest, and a minibar among many other amenities.
Moorea is the ideal choice for those without unlimited budgets
If you are fortunate enough to have a massive trust fund then Bora Bora might be slightly better than Moorea, but getting and staying there costs quite a bit more and both are simply gorgeous. Everyone coming into the area flies into Tahiti Airport and if you are staying on Moorea you can take a taxi into Pape'ete and then a cheap and scenic ferry to Moorea, or a 5-minute flight if you prefer.
The InterContinental Moorea Resort has a beach, tennis, kayaking, a fitness center, a dolphin center, and much more, but more good news is that on Moorea it's quite easy to venture out of the resort and go shopping or visit other restaurants or activities. There are two restaurants at the resort and plenty more interesting options nearby, so you'll be able to do exactly as your mood strikes you, which can actually be a challenge at some of the most secluded resorts in the region.