Maldives 5-star all-inclusive resort with scuba center for US$494 per night

While it is true that staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives is not a cheap vacation option, there are a few luxury resorts that are ideal for smaller budgets. These resorts come with either 4 or 5-star ratings, a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, ocean activities that include scuba diving and snorkeling and a number of different dining choices, including a few bar options. These resorts also come with some great reviews, making them standout choices on any roster.

One of these resorts is the Veligandu Island Resort. Based on a private island in the North Ari Atoll, this resort is a great option for those seeking luxury at a budget friendly price. Starting at just US$494 per night for two people, you'll find an all-inclusive overwater villa vacation that will make your family members and friends jealous.

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Tahiti 4-star water villas with gym, scuba diving, private beach for US$733 per night

There are many of us who dream of visiting the South Pacific for an overwater holiday. In order for this dream to come into fruition however, there is a certain amount of money needed. Luckily, not all of the resorts within this region are ultra expensive, making this dream more attainable for the rest of us.

One resort that pleasantly fits into various budgets is the InterContinental Tahiti. Here you'll find over 200 rooms, 32 of which reside over the water. You'll also find a scuba diving center, land activities and a spa. Due to the resort's location, you'll find that it is very easy to travel to and from the airport. All this starts out at only US$733 per night for two people.

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Maldives 5-star resort with private pools and a dive center for US$578 per night

If you're looking for a tropical escape, you'll find overwater resorts all around the Maldives, allowing for you to pick exactly the vacation you've dreamed of. Though the resorts are different from each other, you'll find that each caters with dining options, snorkeling opportunities and lots of little extras found in each room and around the resort itself. Some of these resorts also include a spa and various land games and activities, such as the game of tennis.

For those of you seeking an island vacation that won't break the bank, there are plenty of overwater resorts to choose from. One of these such resorts is the CoCo Bodu Hithi Resort. Here you'll find overwater villas with a private pool starting at only US$578 per night for two people.

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Moorea 4-star water villas with a spa and scuba diving for US$525 per night

A noted tropical escape, Moorea is an island that beckons visitors from near and far, some even multiple times. Though getting to the island may be a bit too expensive for a yearly vacation, it is still a great trip to add to your budget list. Though there are plenty of land based resorts to choose from, there are also a few great overwater resorts that are available for booking.

One of these resorts is the popular InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. In addition to 49 overwater bungalows that offer great views of the ocean alongside steps that lead directly into the water below, this resort features multiple dining choices, fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving and various watersports. If you're looking to have at least one day of rest during your trip, you'll love the on-site spa. All this can be had at a nightly rate starting out at just US$525 per night for two people.

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Maldives 5-star resort with snorkeling and scuba diving for US$476 per night

An island nation surrounded by tropical, clear ocean, the Maldives is a popular vacation spot that beckons vacationers from around the globe. The reason it is so popular? Aside from the beautiful house reefs, fun water activities, delicious seafood and inviting beaches, the Maldives are home to some pretty impressive overwater resorts that pride themselves on offering the best of the best to their guests.

One of these such resorts is the Bandos Island Resort & Spa. Here you'll find a private island resort that offers two overwater bungalows, each offering uninhibited views of the ocean. You'll also find a large variety of watersports, dining options and wellness treatments that are available each and every day of your stay. All this starts off at only US$476 per night for two people.

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About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it's actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 90 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.