Of the twenty or so overwater bungalow resorts clustered around Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, the most remote is one of the more affordable in the region, called the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort.

Some people may prefer to be on an island with another resort every few hundred yards, but for those looking to feel that they are in paradise at the edge of the world, this is one to consider.

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This week: Manihi Pearl Beach Resort

You can check the map of the South Pacific overwater resorts yourself, and you’ll notice the large cluster around Bora Bora, and to the northeast of that you’ll see one standing alone on its own private island with nothing else close. The Manihi Pearl Beach Resort is a 90-minute flight from Tahiti, and then a 10-minute golf cart ride from the small air strip to the resort itself.


As one of the cheaper South Pacific resorts of it’s kind it’s no surprise that the overwater bungalows are modest in size, but at almost 550 square feet they are still nearly twice the size of a standard urban hotel room. There’s also a private terrace, a glass-bottom coffee table, and a mini bar among other luxury amenities.

Interesting activity options

Along with the full list of standard tropical resort activities, including diving snorkeling, sea kayaks, and swimming pools, the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort also offers several programs that are only found in the South Pacific. There’s an actual oyster farm just a short ride away, and a Polynesian stargazing/astronomy session available for free each Wednesday evening.


Even more memorable is the “Robinson Crusoe picnic on the Motu.” With a group of 4 or more people you can arrange for the resort to take you to a small deserted island (known as a motu in the South Pacific) for a barbecue picnic lunch, snorkeling, and line fishing. This is an experience that is very popular in the South Pacific, and no where can you do it more remotely than on Manihi Island.

Affordable luxury

Being completely honest, probably the best feature of the Manihi Island Resort is that it’s among the cheapest in this very expensive part of the world. The resorts on Bora Bora itself start at over US$700 per night in season while the Manihi starts at only US$498 per night, plus 15% tax.


Better still, the Premium Overwater bungalows give you the best views and more privacy and they are only $40 per night extra. For a premium resort with all the amenities you expect at a 4- or 5-star hotel, this is very good value.


Price: US$558 per night

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  1. I’m wanting book a overwater (for a couple) from Honolulu for 2 nights in November 2022.
    What is the instruction ? Could I contact you privately ?

    1. Martine,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater resorts around the world and we don’t do bookings. We have links to the best source to book each resort on each of the pages. Best of luck! -Roger

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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