we first had the idea to create a worldwide directory of every overwater resort in the world, we honestly assumed there were about 20 or maybe 30 of these places. It turned out we underestimated by quite a bit, and since new ones keep opening up, the number keeps getting higher and higher.

A couple months ago I wrote a post called where are overwater bungalows, which lists all the major spots in the world where you can find these things. However, continued research means that I've uncovered quite a few more places, so that original post will be updated very soon.

One small problem persists though, in that in some cases it's difficult to classify whether a place has real overwater bungalows or not. There are a few places with entrances on the shore but most of the room is over the water, and there are also places that have up to 6 rooms per structure, so they probably don't qualify as “bungalows” or “villas.”

Still, I thought people might be interested in exactly how many resorts and rooms are out there, so below are some facts I've collected. There might be a few more resorts that I've yet to uncover, but for the most part this list is nearly 100% accurate.

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Countries with overwater bungalow/water villa resorts



75 resorts – 3005 overwater rooms


Bora Bora


11 resorts – 652 overwater rooms
(note: 1 resort is closed until 2012 for refurbishment)




5 resorts – 179 overwater rooms




2 resorts – 44 overwater rooms


Elsewhere in the South Pacific


12 resorts – 136 overwater rooms
(includes Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Huahine, Tikehau, Vanuatu, Tahaa)




5 resorts – 527 overwater rooms




5 resorts – 56 overwater rooms (many not technically bungalows)




3 resorts – 73 overwater rooms




3 resorts – 30 overwater rooms




3 resorts – 21 overwater rooms




2 resorts – 7 overwater rooms




1 resort – 24 overwater rooms




1 resort – 14 overwater rooms




1 resort – 13 overwater rooms (not all technically bungalows)




1 resort – 13 overwater rooms (closed until 2012)




1 resort – 11 overwater rooms


World total: 113 resorts

Total overwater bungalow rooms in the world as of February, 2012: 4965

Resorts with most overwater bungalows

#1 – Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa – Malaysia: 392 overwater bungalows

#2 – Meeru Island Resort – Maldives: 106 water villas

#3 – Four Seasons Bora Bora – 100 overwater bungalows


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