Bora Bora overwater bungalows starting at US$407 per night at the Sofitel

Those who realize that Bora Bora has low-season hotel prices at the same time that Hawaii has its high-season prices, are in for some fantastic bargains in the coming months. Being just south of the equator, the weather is a bit different compared to Hawaii, but it's still warm 100% of the time and sunny most of the time during the rainier months anyway.

Among the best values in all of the South Pacific, the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island has some amazing specials available from January through March, with overwater bungalow prices starting at only US$407 per night. Just to put it in perspective, we have scanned for months looking for the lowest price for each resort to use as our “starting at…” figure, and for the Sofitel Bora Bora it was “starting at US$550 per night.” So at US$407 per night (for a couple staying a week), it's over 25% off the best price we'd seen before. [read more]

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.