Moorea 5-star water villas with private lagoon access for US$501 per night

You'll find several great luxury overwater resorts to choose from on the island of Moorea, making it one of the more popular overwater tropical escapes. Though they all offer rooms that are situated over the ocean or a lagoon, they are not all the same. Some pride themselves on offering a romantic atmosphere while others are suited for those with an adventurous side.

If you're looking for a mixture of both, then the Hilton Moorea Laggon Resort and Spa is just right for you. At this resort you'll find lots of great outdoor activities to join in on, a spa, several dining options, and private overwater rooms that impress with a private deck and steps that lead directly into the lagoon water below. You can get all this at a starting rate of US$501 per night for two people including breakfast.

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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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Moorea 4-star water villas with glass floor cutout and direct lagoon access for US$590 per night

A South Pacific jewel, the island of Moorea is a fantastic destination for those looking for sun, sand and snorkeling adventures. Here you'll also find lush mountain sides, great dining selections and friendly locals that love to share their island home.

You'll also find a few great overwater resorts that focus on a stay that helps to connect guests with their ocean surroundings. If you're looking for a resort that also plays host to numerous ocean activities including snorkeling and scuba diving, you'll want to strongly consider the Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea. With overwater rooms starting out at only US$590 for two people, this resort is hard to beat.

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Moorea 5-star water villas with golf and a glass bottom boat for US$716 per night

A fan favorite, the island of Moorea is constantly gushed over in movies, TV shows and novels. Though the island may look like it can only be afforded by the rich and famous, that simply isn't the case. In fact, the island plays hosts to a few overwater resorts that cater to those with tighter budgets.

One of these such resorts is the Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort. At this oasis, guests will find lovely overwater rooms offering stunning views of Tahiti, a selection of dining options and plenty of activities to keep you busy for the duration of your stay. All this starts off at only US$716 per night for two adults.

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Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts for families

It's fair to say that Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti are among the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, but quite a few families also love to holiday in the South Pacific as well. Even though many resorts outwardly specialize in honeymoon and anniversary trips, about half of them also cater to families.

Fortunately, most of these resorts are also quite large considering the number of guests they accommodate, so children usually have places to play and hang out that don't interfere with the couples who've come for peace and romance. The high-end resorts have full-service Kids Clubs with supervision and activities, so they are great choices if you can afford them. [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.