The cheapest overwater bungalows near Tahiti are only US$259 per night
So many of us dream of spending a holiday in an overwater bungalow in the South Pacific…until we see the price. Even the cheapest water bungalows on Bora Bora start at around US$500 per night, and go way up from there. If you stay at one of the large resorts on Tahiti itself you can find overwater bungalows starting at around US$320 per night, but the cheapest in the entire region are on Raiatea Island, which is a 40-minute flight from Tahiti.
With rates starting at US$259 per night you can stay in an overwater bungalow at the Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel, and their island rooms start at US$147 per night, which is helpful for those who want to save money by only spending part of their vacation in the expensive rooms. The overwater bungalows here have also had a minor update recently, so there are some new features and amenities, though they are still among the most dated in all of French Polynesia.
Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel
You can find more details plus booking information on our main page for the Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel, but it's worth noting a few key details here to help you decide if the place is right for you. As is true in most things, you get what you pay for, and when you book the cheapest of something in the region you should have reasonable expectations.
No air conditioning, and you probably won't miss it
Unlike every other water bungalow in the South Pacific, these only have ceiling fans and no air conditioning, which obviously helps keep the prices down. If you read the reviews you'll notice that pretty much no one complains about it because the ceiling fans and the cross winds in the lagoon do a great job at keeping people cool. Also, aside from some people who feel uncomfortable in the humidity on the day they arrive, it actually never gets too hot near the equator, but it's important to know before you book.
The overwater bungalows get good reviews, while the island rooms sometimes don't
If you look at online reviews for the Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel you'll probably notice that they are fairly low for such a resort, and that some people fun unhappy about their stay. But if you look closely you'll notice that those in the overwater bungalows tend to love them, and it's the island rooms that some people find disappointing.
Keep expectations realistic and you'll love it
Most people who leave bad reviews for hotels do it because the place didn't meet their expectations. It doesn't matter if it's a 5-star place that feels more like a 4-star, or it's a budget hotel in a remote location that promises to be central. The Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel claims to be a 3-star resort, and since it's quite cheap it's important to remember that when you check in.
Hotel managers are justifiably annoyed when guests shop for the absolute cheapest room and then complain because the place isn't as nice as others nearby. So as long as you look at the photos and reviews carefully, and decide it's worth a try, you'll probably be happy here.