While there are overwater bungalow resorts scattered all throughout the South Pacific, Fiji is home to only 3, at least for the moment. What is nice about these 3 choices, is that they do vary a lot from each other, which allows guests a few options. Out of these, 2 offer rooms around the US$500 a night range while the third is geared toward travelers that adventure with a larger budget.

If you are looking for something other than the three listed below, you'll be able to go to one of the other islands in the South Pacific, where you'll have around 30 different resorts to choose from if you can make it to Bora Bora or elsewhere in French Polynesia. There are a few closer resorts in Samoa and New Caledonia as well, though those are less ideal than the others.

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Overwater bungalows on Fiji

Koro Sun Resort Fiji

  • Overwater bungalows: 43
  • Total rooms/suites: 8


Noted as a smaller resort with a grand total of only 43 rooms, 8 of which are situated over the water, the Koro Sun Resort Fiji is a solid choice for those crave options and enjoy staying busy during their vacation. Here, guests will find a nice selection of water activities that include snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. In addition to the outside actives, you’ll also find a spa that offers scrubs and body wraps. If food is an important aspect of your vacation, you’ll be happy to note that there are a few dining choices right on-site, along with two bars.


Once in your overwater room, you’ll find a king size bed, a separate lounge area, air conditioning, and a bathroom that comes complete with a shower. You’ll also find that you have jetty access and a 2 person kayak available for use during your entire stay.


  • Overwater bungalows starting at US$358 per night
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Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay

  • Overwater bungalows: 22
  • Total rooms/suites: 250


A large resort with lots of offerings, the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is composed of over 200 rooms, 22 of which reside completely over the water. These 22 overwater rooms further impress with a nice arrangement of amenities that include an entertainment center, Wi-Fi, a king size bed, air conditioning, and a lovely balcony that overlooks the water thus offering camera worthy views.


Outside of the rooms, guests will find lots of different restaurants, a kid’s club, and various water activities that include, yet are not limited to, snorkeling and scuba diving. Along with this, guests will find several attractions nearby that can be easily traveled to and explored. For those days spent solely at the resort, guests will find an inviting spa.


  • Overwater bungalows starting at US$540 per night
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Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji

  • Overwater bungalows: 10
  • Total rooms/suites: 45


On a small island that’s located 25km (16 miles) from Nadi International Airport in the Mamanuca archipelago, the Likuliku Lagoon Resort presents 10 overwater bungalows, which they call “Over water bures” alongside 35 beach rooms. This is a serious 5-star resort in every single way, with some of the most luxurious accommodations that are currently offered in the South Pacific. The over water bures here are also among the most expensive in the area, so it’s not for those who travel on a small budget.


The spa here is one of the finest in the region, with a location that rests up on a hill  offering views that overlook the lagoon. Those interested in Polynesian culture will be very welcome here, as this luxury resort carries that theme throughout.


  • Overwater bungalows starting at US$940 per night
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Nearby overwater bungalow resorts

Royal Huahine Resort, Huahine – South Pacific

The main islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, are where you’ll find most of the overwater bungalows in the South Pacific. The greatest concentration can be found on Bora Bora, which has 10 overwater resorts itself, including many that are easily considered and viewed as the finest in the region.


There are also a number of other overwater-bungalow resorts elsewhere in the Caribbean, including a few that are ideal for those on modest budgets.

>More information about the Royal Huahine Resort, Huahine – South Pacific

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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…"