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7 Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora for the Ultimate Getaway

You won’t believe these jaw-dropping overwater bungalows in Bora Bora! Ready for the ultimate getaway? This is it!

Dreaming of the Trip of a Lifetime? it’s time to get packing! We’ve put together the definitive list of top overwater bungalows in Bora Bora you’ve been waiting for ⏤ featuring the very best that Bora Bora has to offer.

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Lori and I are excited to introduce you to these amazing over-the-water stays in paradise on the incredible islands of Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Whether you’re planning an epic Pacific Island getaway, the ultimate honeymoon, or just looking for a unique stay you won’t soon forget, you’ll find it in our list below.

What makes Bora Bora overwater bungalows so special?
These are the quintessential luxury stays in paradise – the stuff that dream vacations are made of!

Bora Bora is home to around 50 resorts offering overwater bungalow accommodation. However, only a small minority of these offer the quintessential, once-in-a-lifetime experience that many travelers come to Bora Bora expecting.

In our list, we endeavor to bring you the very best overwater bungalows that Bora Bora has to offer, promising stunning views, top-notch service, and crystalline waters at your doorstep.

So pack your swimsuit and prepare to be wowed by Bora Bora’s best overwater stays!


Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora [Sneak Peek]

In a hurry? Here’s a quick peek at our list!

Only the most amazing overwater bungalows in Bora Bora to pick from! Read on for all the details and start packing for paradise!


7 Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora [Full Details]

Picking the perfect island stay will be a breeze with our hand-picked list of top overwater bungalows in Bora Bora (arranged in no particular order).

Whether you are planning the island vacation of a lifetime or looking to get away from it all for a while, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here.

Don’t miss our top tips for making the most of your stay at overwater bungalows in Bora Bora at the end of this article.


Four Seasons Bora Bora |

Frequently considered the standard-bearer for overwater bungalows around the world, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is the Pacific island stay you’ve been dreaming of.

What makes the Four Seasons Bora Bora so special? Maybe it’s the private yacht that transports guest to the resort.

Or the chef-prepared meals delivered by canoe to your doorstep from one of four onsite world-class restaurants.

Or maybe it’s simply those jaw-dropping views from their luxurious overwater bungalows.

Four Seasons Bora Bora was recently enhanced and updated, and employs some of the most rigorous health and hygiene standards in the area.

A true bucket list stay if there ever was one!

HOT TIP  As you might expect with any of the premier resorts in Bora Bora, their overwater bungalows book up quick (particularly the ones facing Mt. Otemanu), so you’ll want to reserve your stay as early as possible.

Four Seasons Bora Bora is Marker #1 on our map at the end of this article.


InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa |

A long time favorite with returning visitors to Bora Bora! The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa offers all the luxurious amenities you’d hope for in the Bora Bora overwater bungalows of your dreams!

Take advantage of Thalasso’s idyllic location on the water offering incredible opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, and standup paddle boarding, all just steps away.

A truly memorable overwater stay in Bora Bora.

HOT TIP  If you’re keen on getting the best views, most privacy, and best waters to swim in, get a bungalow as far from land and the main resort as your budget will allow (such as the Diamond Otemanu overwater bungalows).

InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso Spa is Marker #2 on our map at the end of this article.


Want the InterContinental treatment without the Thalasso Resort & Spa pricing?

Also check out the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, with Polynesian-style overwater bungalows located on the main island. Can’t decide? InterContinental runs a direct water taxi service between their two properties.

Marker #8 on the map.


Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts |

Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts blends contemporary sophistication with traditional Polynesian design features to produce overwater bungalows that are truly exceptional.

Spend your days relaxing in your private infinity pool over the water, one of the few resorts in Bora Bora to offer such an amenity in select bungalows.

Make your way below to the turquoise waters at your doorstep, or while away the afternoon at their world-class TAVAI Spa.

All recently (and lavishly) remodeled and only ten minutes away from the airport.

HOT TIP  Some of the stays on this list are located quite far from the main island, but NOT Le Bora Bora! Regular water taxi service is available between the resort and the main island which takes about 5 minutes (9:30am taxi is free).

Le Bora Bora is Marker #3 on our map at the end of this article.


The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort |

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort claims to have the largest overwater bungalows in the South Pacific. With the smallest of their villas measuring 1,550 square feet, we think they might be on to something!

Have you ever heard of a Lagoonarium? If not, you’re in for a real treat at St. Regis. If swimming around in the Lagoonarium doesn’t satiate your thirst for underwater adventure, take a dive around the resort to spot rays and blacktip reef sharks.

Enjoy all of the incredible amenities this 5-star resort has to offer, including world class hospitality, spa services, fitness center, swim-up bar, and four restaurants to choose from.

The St. Regis is also a preferred location for weddings, honeymoons, and corporate retreats.

Ready for a real vacation? Le Meridien awaits!

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is Marker #4 on the map.


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Conrad Bora Bora Nui |

Formerly the Hilton Bora Bora Nui, the newly rebranded Conrad Bora Bora Nui in many ways is in a class of its own.

Yes, they offer one of the largest overwater villa stays in the world (check out the Presidential Overwater Villa).

Yes, the Kardashians stayed here.

Yes, their five star service is legendary. Yes, you can have your own personal butler.

Yes, you can have a private plunge pool with your overwater bungalow.

Yes, the building methods are harmonious with nature and the accommodation, spectacular.

Yes, yes, and yes.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui is Marker #5 on the map.


Le Meridien Bora Bora |

Want to watch sea turtles through the glass floor of your luxury bungalow? You can, plus so much more, at Le Meridien Bora Bora.

Combining mod design touches with classic styling, Le Meridien is a fabulous place to take in the incredible beauty of Bora Bora while helping to give something back to the area’s marine habitat. Le Meridien hosts and manages its own turtle sanctuary, which guests can visit.

Spend your days taking in the treasure trove of life that lies just below the surface, dine at the waters edge at their lagoon restaurant, or simply do nothing at all in your overwater bungalows.

Le Meridien Bora Bora is Marker #6 on the map.


Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island |

A private island stay quite unlike any other on this list, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island caters to discerning travelers who are looking for a more private and intimate island experience in Bora Bora.

Extending out over the crystalline waters of Matira Bay with exceptional views of the main island, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island represents one of the best values on this list.

Friendly and professional staff, excellent accommodation, a variety of outdoor activities and adventures on offer, and an array of colorful marine life within a short swim make Sofitel a favorite for many return visitors to Bora Bora.

This is the choice for travelers looking for a smaller, boutique-like stay with no-fuss access to the culture and amenities of the main island without sacrificing quality and top-notch hospitality.

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is Marker #7 on the map.


Did We Miss Any of Your Favorite Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora?

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Top Tips for Getting the Most Out of Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora

  • If you’re traveling on a limited budget, keep in mind that transport between the resort and the airport or main island can be very high, depending on how isolated and upmarket your resort is.
  • Restaurant prices vary significantly across the seven properties listed here. If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, it might be worth staying on the main island (e.g. InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort) and splitting your time between restaurants on and off the property.
  • If you’re looking for the best dining value, many of the resorts offer a meal plan with a discount.
  • Alcohol can be insanely expensive at the resorts and there are few practical places in Bora Bora to stock up. We recommend taking advantage of any Duty Free shops you have access to on your inbound flight and packing up to the limit allowed by your airline.
  • Overwater bungalows (even luxury villas) tend to have limited power outlets. If you plan to bring more than just your phone, you’ll want to pack a small power strip.
  • On that note, you’ll also want to bring a travel adapter. We recommend this one. But be advised: French Polynesia uses two voltage standards (110v and 220v), so check with the staff before using an AC appliance from home (such as a blow dryer).
  • Not all overwater bungalows are created equal, and can vary significantly across the same property (and even the same price point). Make sure you understand the difference between the various types and tiers before booking to avoid disappoint.

Interactive Map | Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora

map of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora
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Use our custom interactive map, above, to compare locations of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora featured in this article. See map note at the bottom of each section for the corresponding number.

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Cover photo by Damien Chaudet / Unsplash. Last photo by Thomas Stadler / Unsplash. All other photos are credited to the associated property.

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