‘water villas' in much of the world, overwater bungalows are gaining popularity every year with honeymooners and every other kind of holiday-maker. Most of the overwater bungalows in the world are actually in the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, but there are three very good such resorts in the Philippines as well.

There are now a total of 4 overwater resorts in the Philippines, with each one varying from the next. Not only do the resorts themselves differ, but the prices as well.

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Considering the Maldives instead?

Before we go over the three overwater bungalow resorts in the Philippines it’s worth noting again that there are over 70 amazing resorts with water villas (as they are usually called there) in the Maldives. They range from cheap and cheerful all-inclusive resorts to boutique resorts that are 5-star deluxe and among the finest in the world.


If you are starting from Europe of the Middle East it’ll be faster and cheaper getting to the Maldives than to the Philippines. Check out our main Maldives overwater bungalows page for more information.


If you are starting from anywhere in the Americas you’ll find it faster and easier to reach the overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, with Bora Bora and Moorea being the most popular choices. Also consider other overwater bungalows in Asia, as there are many good choices in Thailand and Malaysia as well.

Overwater bungalows in the Philippines

El Nido Miniloc Island Resort – Philippines

  • Water villas: 5
  • Total rooms/suites: 50


The most affordable of the El Nido Group’s three private island resorts in the Philippines, the El Nido Miniloc offers 5 water villas perched just out over its scenic bay. This is an eco-resort that honors its remote setting, using local materials to build and furnish all the rooms. There’s no TV or entertainment system, so this is ideal for those looking to escape the modern world.


The best feature of this resort is its breathtaking location on its own island, just a short ride to several other small and gorgeous islands. The prices are also quite modest for such a place, making this one of the best value water villas in Asia.


  • Overwater bungalows starting at US$661 per night
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El Nido Apulit Island Resort – Philippines

  • Water villas: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 50


The newest of the three El Nido resorts in the area, the El Nido Apulit features 50 water villas and no other rooms on its private island. Formerly known as Club Noah, this eco-resort has a long list of water sports and activities available, so it’s ideal for an active guest or for a honeymoon couple looking for an escape in paradise.


The three El Nido resorts are close to each other and many guests choose to stay at more than one of them during their holiday. With most of the water villas, this is the best of them for availability if you are looking for this unique style of accommodation.


  • Overwater bungalows starting at US$486 per night
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El Nido Lagen Island Resort – Philippines

  • Water villas: 18
  • Total rooms/suites: 50


The El Nido Lagen Island resort is the most luxurious (and most expensive) of the three El Nido hotels in the area, and like the others, it occupies a secluded portion of a small island that is only accessible by boat. The 18 water villas here are beautifully appointed using local materials, and are ideal for honeymooners.


There are fewer activities available at this resort compared to the others in the group, so this is an ideal place to get away from it all and just relax while enjoying the amazing scenery.


  • Overwater bungalows starting at US$595 per night
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Huma Island Resort & Spa – Palawan, Philippines

  • Water villas: 64
  • Total rooms/suites: 81


A 5-star resort that’s separate from the El Nido hotels in the area, the Huma Island Resort & Spa is a medium sized resort that offers a large number of overwater rooms. You’ll also find that this particular resort is a great choice for scuba divers who like a variety of tours to choose from. Guests can also enjoy snorkeling right off of the beach.


Families will also find lots to do here with a kid’s club and a kid’s pool right on-site. For adults, there are lots of different sporting and water activities to enjoy, as well as a spa offering treatments and massages for both genders.


  • Overwater bungalows starting at US$460 per night
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  1. There are 4 of us that would like to depart Seattle and get to Sunshine in January. We were thinking Bora Bora but are wide open. I was wondering if there are any water bungalows that accommodate 4 people but are still affordable?

    1. Theresa,

      Most of the Bora Bora resort hotels allow 3 guests per room, but I’ve only heard about a couple that allow 4, and those are the super expensive ones that go for close to US$2,000 per night.

      The option that might work are the so-called Brando overwater bungalows, which are privately run and not part of a resort. A couple of them have two bedrooms and they are actually more reasonably priced. Good luck! -Roger

  2. Hi, there is 5 of us wanting to stay closest to Jacksonville Florida (Mom not doing well). That has the bungalows over the water, but HAS to be clear water? Can you help me? I am a disabled vet, and they wanted to do this for me. Thank you, Lisa🌞

    1. Lisa,

      The closest real overwater bungalows to Florida are in Jamaica at two different Sandals resorts, but the water isn’t turquoise like it is in Bora Bora and the Maldives. Unfortunately Florida is pretty much half a world away from the ones with clear water. The closest are probably in Tahiti, but if you go there you might as well go to Moorea, which is right next door. -Roger