Tahiti's 20 Best Overwater Bungalow Resorts | Islands

Tahiti's 20 Best Overwater Bungalow Resorts

They called this a "test." The Islands photo staff spent more than a month on the Tahitian islands, sleeping in, shooting, and OK, "testing" the iconic overwater bungalows there. After so much work, they determined these 20 as their favorites.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa

Jon Whittle

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa

Home of the only two-story overwater bungalow (it’s really a villa) in the South Pacific. $994-$4,634

InterContinental Le Moana

InterContinental Le Moana

Jon Whittle

InterContinental Le Moana

Being on Bora Bora’s main island makes money-saving market trips easy. $607-$861

InterContinental Thalasso

InterContinental Thalasso

Jon Whittle

InterContinental Thalasso

Most epic tuna sashimi ever: The serving platter itself is made of tuna. $785-$1,381

Le Maitai Polynesia

Le Maitai Polynesia

Jon Whittle

Le Maitai Polynesia

Price says you’re in a hotel. Fish swimming under the couch says you’re not. $432

Le Méridien

Le Méridien

Jon Whittle

Le Méridien

One-of-a-kind snorkeling lagoon is teeming with turtles — a great choice for kids. $740-$1,259

Bora Bora Pearl Resort and Spa

Bora Bora Pearl Resort and Spa

Jon Whittle

Bora Bora Pearl Resort and Spa

Great family pick. Shallow water around the bungalows and lots of fish in the coral garden. $607-$923

Sofitel Marara

Sofitel Marara

Jon Whittle

Sofitel Marara

Easiest access to mainland adventures, like jeep tours into the historic hills. $1,117-$1,498

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Jon Whittle

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Think enormous, as in oversize rooms and piles of Tahitian specialties on the buffet. $1,104-$13,258

Sofitel Private Island

Sofitel Private Island

Jon Whittle

Sofitel Private Island

A mix of lagoon life and high overlooks. $1,459-$1,743

Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort

Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort

Jon Whittle

Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort

Complimentary washer and dryer on every boardwalk. They thought of everything. $1,015-$3,365

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

Lori Barbely

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

The exterior is the classic Tahiti picture — long boardwalks and expanses of blue water. $673-$729

InterContinental Moorea

InterContinental Moorea

Lori Barbely

InterContinental Moorea

So green, no boardwalks. Wish I had the suite overlooking the dolphin lagoon. $475-$690

InterContinental Tahiti

InterContinental Tahiti

Lori Barbely

InterContinental Tahiti

Close to the airport. Great transit stop for late flights or one last fling. $366-$815

Le Meridien

Le Meridien

Lori Barbely

Le Meridien

For those who want an overwater experience near the civilization of the main island. $690-$717

Le Taha’a

Le Taha’a

Jon Whittle

Le Taha’a

Interior is among the best. Bathtub is so nice I took a self-portrait in it (not shown). $670-$1,173

Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa

Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa

Lori Barbely

Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa

Smaller bungalows with a hip island vibe (and good price). Great snorkeling at the drop-off. $492-$600

Kia Ora Resort

Kia Ora Resort

Jon Whittle

Kia Ora Resort

Amazing snorkeling and at the most amazing atoll. $1,204

Sofitel la Ora

Sofitel la Ora

Lori Barbely

Sofitel la Ora

Beach Rooms are big. Ceilings up to the sky make them even more spacious. $1,239-$1,699

Vahine Island

Vahine Island

Jon Whittle

Vahine Island Three bungalows on an isolated motu keep this place under the radar. Love it. $696-$795

Te Tiare Resort

Te Tiare Resort

Jad Davenport

Te Tiare Resort

Fewer tourists to Tahiti make it as far out as Huahine. Here, Te Tiare is tucked among leaning palm trees and sits in all its luxury next to a snorkel-ready (and quiet) lagoon. $479 - $763

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