Getting to Moorea

Getting to French Polynesia isn't quite as easy as you might assume, as only a few airlines actually fly into the area, and all of those that do use Tahiti as their base. Moorea Island is practically in the shadow of Tahiti Island so you've actually got a few options, unlike most of the rest in the large island group, where a flight is the only practical way of getting there.

There's a good chance that you are heading for one of the finest resorts in the South Pacific, as the Moorea overwater bungalow hotels are all world-class properties. There are actually more overwater bungalows off of Bora Bora, but those take a bit longer to reach, so many honeymoon couples in particular like to book their first few nights in Moorea and then fly from there to Bora Bora or one of the other South Pacific islands. [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.