Overwater bungalows in Moorea – A complete guide
Most visitors agree that the small island of Moorea is actually more beautiful than its larger neighbor, Tahiti, and there are more overwater-bungalow resorts here as well. Those seeking a bungalow over a still, clearwater lagoon will find them more by considering the overwater bungalows in Bora Bora, which range from gorgeous to magnificent, but Moorea also has four such resorts, plus a low budget option that might also be worth a look.
Many honeymooners and romantic retreat couples book at multiple resorts to get the most out of the experience. Fortunately, the transport hub in Tahiti is only a 10-minute flight or a 1-hour ferry ride away, so Moorea is popular and easily worth the trip.
Check out an interactive map of all Moorea and Tahiti overwater bungalow resorts
- High season is generally June through October plus Christmas weeks
- Low season is generally November through May except Christmas weeks
Getting the best deal
- The best rates are usually when booked for a full week, and often include 1 or 2 free days as part of the special rate.
- Many resorts offer up to 25% off for those who book at least 30 to 60 days in advance, so those early-bird discounts are included in many of the rates below.
South Pacific overwater bungalow alternatives
Overwater bungalows were first invented on Moorea, and this island along with Bora Bora and Tahiti are still home to many of the world’s finest overwater resorts. But you should also be aware of the Maldives. Water villas in the Maldives, as they are known there, can be found at over 80 different resorts. The island country just southwest of India has an excellent selection and great value, so if you can get there those might be your best bet.
Overwater bungalow resorts in Moorea, French Polynesia
- Overwater bungalows: 39
- Total rooms/suites: 114
The Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort is a 4-star hotel featuring 39 overwater bungalows in two classes. The smaller units are among the smallest in the South Pacific, but the larger class units are very spacious.
Especially popular with French guests, this resort provides a long list of activities and excursions, so it’s ideal for those who might like to stay active. The location is quite convenient on Moorea, giving guests a range of other restaurants and shops from which to choose, though the restaurants within the property are well regarded.
- Low season online specials from US$374 per night
- High season online specials from US$595 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 50
- Total rooms/suites: 144
One of Moorea’s largest resorts, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa features 50 overwater bungalows in a professional 4-star setting. There are two classes of bungalows here, with the more affordable bungalows are perched just off small islands out in the lagoon, and the Premium Overwater Bungalows are similar but with the best views.
Though this is a popular hotel with honeymoon couples, the long list of activities makes it well suited to active guests and families as well. The service and food are of 5-star standard, and while there isn’t much nightlife available on the property, the resort is conveniently located to try other experiences on Moorea, so options are great.
- Low season online specials from US$454 per night
- High season online specials from US$477 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 28
- Total rooms/suites: 94
Unlike many of the international chain resorts in Moorea, the Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea (formally known as the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa) plays up its Polynesian side, leaving no doubt that you are in a tropical island paradise. Each of the 28 overwater bungalows is good sized, and each features a glass floor section so guests can view the sea life below the bungalow at all hours.
With many return guests, this is a popular resort that gets very good reviews, and its location makes it convenient to explore other restaurants and shops on Moorea or take the various island-tour excursions offered.
- Low season online specials from US$480 per night
- High season online specials from US$559 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 54
- Total rooms/suites: 106
Probably the finest overwater-bungalow resort on Moorea, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa is a 5-star luxury hotel with a great location on the northern shore of the island. Each overwater bungalow is large and luxurious, with plenty of extras and free amenities.
Romantic couples will feel the solitude they seek, especially in the higher class of bungalows out into the lagoon, but still there are a great number of included activities and nearby excursions, so even those on a longer stay will never run out of things to do.
- Low season online specials from US$548 per night
- High season online specials from US$575 per night
For those who dream in staying in an overwater bungalow, but who are on a tight budget, the Club Bali Hai might be the answer. They have by far the cheapest overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, although they are built just off the shore, deep into Cook’s Bay. The setting is stunning, but it’s quite different from the bungalows perched on stilts over a clear lagoon elsewhere.
In addition to being affordable, the overwater bungalows here are very large and come with a full kitchenette plus other apartment-like amenities. They probably aren’t ideal for a honeymoon, but they are very popular among families and budget travelers.
- Low season online specials from US$260 per night
- High season online specials from US$260 per night
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