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 SpaJon 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 MoanaJon Whittle
  • InterContinental Le Moana

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

  • InterContinental Thalasso
    InterContinental ThalassoJon Whittle
  • InterContinental Thalasso

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

  • Le Maitai Polynesia
    Le Maitai PolynesiaJon Whittle
  • Le Maitai Polynesia

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

  • Le Méridien
    Le MéridienJon 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 SpaJon 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 MararaJon 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 ResortJon 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 IslandJon 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 ResortJon 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 SpaLori 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 MooreaLori Barbely
  • InterContinental Moorea

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

  • InterContinental Tahiti
    InterContinental TahitiLori Barbely
  • InterContinental Tahiti

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

  • Le Meridien
    Le MeridienLori Barbely
  • Le Meridien

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

  • Le Taha’a
    Le Taha'aJon 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 SpaLori 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 ResortJon Whittle
  • Kia Ora Resort

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

  • Sofitel la Ora
    Sofitel la OraLori 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 IslandJon Whittle
  • Vahine Island Three bungalows on an isolated motu keep this place under the radar. Love it. $696-$795

  • Te Tiare Resort
    Te Tiare ResortJad 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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