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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Tahiti 4-star water villas close to airport for US$439 per night

An island dripping in tropical charm, Tahiti serves as a once in a lifetime dream vacation for many. With swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, local culture and crystal clear waters teeming with fish, it's easy to see why so many travelers choose the South Pacific for their paradise vacation.

What makes Tahiti even better is that it doesn't have to be a once in a lifetime vacation. Though the area is known for its high prices, not all rooms cost an arm and leg. In fact, overwater room rates start at only US$439 per night for two people at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort. At this resort you'll find activities, amenities and convenience wrapped neatly with an island inspired bow.

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Tahiti 4-star water villas for US$624 per night in June or July

Located in the South Pacific, Tahiti is nothing less than a tropical paradise. Year after year couples and honeymooners find themselves on this remote slice of heaven where they become lost in the magic of it all with beautiful beaches, lush mountains and crystal clear waters teeming with topical, colorful fish waiting to be explored.

With only two overwater resorts on the island, there isn't much in the way of decision making as far as which one to stay at, but if you're looking for activities galore, you might just find that the Le Meridien Tahiti Resort is the best fit. Here you'll also find great bang for you buck with overwater rooms starting at only US$624 per night for two people.

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Best Bora Bora & Moorea deals for July: Overwater bungalows from US$575

If you are considering booking a Bora Bora overwater bungalow in the month of July, you are far from alone. This is the single busiest and most expensive month for all resorts in Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti, largely due to the fact that it's honeymoon season and the destinations are so popular in that regard.

There is a little good news, however, as more resorts are actually showing online rates for overwater bungalows. In past summers it's been difficult to even find any availability online, probably because resorts can make more money by packaging deals together with travel agents to fill the bungalows up. [read more]

Overwater bungalows closest to Hawaii

If Hawaii was suited to building overwater bungalows in the same way that Bora Bora and Moorea are, there would be dozens of some of the world's nicest resorts already offering them up. Unfortunately, the Hawaiian Islands aren't right for them so you have to go a bit farther in order to find the perfect honeymoon suites.

The good news is that there are amazing overwater bungalows on Tahiti as well as Moorea just across from it, and many of the world's most luxurious tropical resorts are found in Bora Bora, which is less than an hour away by plane. These French Polynesian islands are more remote so they feel more exotic and far less crowded than Hawaii, so it's easily worth the slightly longer flight for most couples and even families. [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.