The Maldives or the South Pacific: Which overwater bungalow destination is right for you?

If you want to stay in an overwater bungalow or a water villa, you most likely are going to want to head to either the South Pacific (Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti etc) or the Maldives, which is just southwest of India. There are nearly 30 resorts with overwater bungalows in the South Pacific , and over 75 with water villas (as they are usually called there) in the Maldives. Between these two places you'll find literally ALL of the best overwater resorts in the world.

In many ways these two destinations are quite similar, but in many other ways they are very different. We'll discuss all of this below so you can choose which is the best destination for you. [read more]

6 Tips to save money booking an overwater bungalow

Unfortunately for many of us, overwater bungalows and water villas are expensive, sometimes shockingly expensive. So it's a common question about how to book one of these beautiful rooms at a discount, and there's some good news about that below.

If you are booking a honeymoon trip and, for example, you want to stay at the same resort where the Kardashians stayed in Bora Bora, then you might have to pay full price. But if you are flexible and you consider the strategies described below you might save up to 40% at a resort that is just as nice, if not nicer. [read more]

When to visit the Maldives

With an amazingly pleasant and consistent climate throughout the year, the best time to visit the Maldives is whenever you are ready to go. There are, however, some subtle differences from one season to the next, so we'll discuss all of that below to help you find the best time for your own Maldives holiday.

In spite of its tiny population, the Maldives is spread out over a huge section of the Indian Ocean, so the weather in the north can be different from the weather in the south on any given day. We'll discuss the generalities for the whole region here. Most private-island resorts featuring water villa resorts in the Maldives are fairly close to the capital city of Malé, but a few are quite remote, including at least one that's south of the equator. [read more]

When to visit Bora Bora

Being such an incredibly popular island for honeymoons among North Americans, Bora Bora has its high season and largest crowds during June and July, but for those with a choice of when to go there are probably better times of year, depending on your goals, so we'll discuss each season below.

Weather in Bora Bora

As with all other tropical islands, Bora Bora has two seasons rather than four. There's a rainy season and a dry season, and being a bit south of the equator, its “summer” is from December through February while the “winter” is from June through August. [read more]

When to visit Tahiti and Moorea

Now that you've decided that you want to visit Tahiti or its next-door neighbor island Moorea, you are wondering when the best time to visit is. The bad news is that it's not an easy question to answer, but the good news is that this is because there are really no bad times. In other words, the best time to visit Tahiti is the time that you have available.

Each time of year has its positives and negatives, so each visitor will have to weigh their options themselves to find what's best for them. Some times of the year you'll get low prices and a small chance of rain, while other times you'll get higher prices and even less chance of rain. We'll go over all the details of each time of year below. [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.