A Tahiti bungalow has become a signature of vacations to the South Seas. While they provide a place to relax, Tahiti overwater bungalows are nothing like a hotel room you could find in your hometown. These signature accommodations specialize in memorable experiences—including glass coffee tables that allow you to view tropical fish, fantastic views of lovely lagoons, and breakfast deliveries by canoes.
While the islands have their share of grand resorts, many of the overnight accommodations are small oceanside bungalows, complete with thatched roofs and stilts. Some of the small huts are part of larger resort facilities, while many of the Tahiti overwater bungalows are family owned and run by locals who revel in providing warm welcome to visitors.
Hospitality is a way of life on the island of Tahiti. Locals welcome visitors with open arms and are eager to share their way of life. Your hosts are around to provide a smile, plus expert advice about things to do beyond the bungalow. But yet, you'll never feel pestered because privacy is a large part of staying in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti, along with the tropical setting.
It's easy to make plans to stay in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti no matter what island you want to visit. The huts are sprinkled along lagoons on Bora Bora, the main island of Tahiti, Moorea, the twin islands of Raiatea, and the others. Reservations can be made online or in any of the same ways you'd go about making reservations at hotels. The rates for a Tahiti bungalow vary according to the amenities, location, and season (even though the weather is quite wonderful all throughout the year).
The tradition of Tahiti overwater bungalows is a modern take on an old tradition. On the island of Moorea in the 1960s, hotel operators from California, who went by the nickname of the Bali Hai Boys, built accommodations in the style you see today—traditional looking accommodations with all the modern amenities.
Today, the Bali Hai Boys and their families still operate many a Tahiti bungalow as part of the Club Bali Hai on the same island where it all started. Whether you're enjoying a Moorea honeymoon, a family getaway, or an island getaway for no particular reason, you'll find many bungalows at the Club Bali Hai and other locations along Cook's Bay.
From Moorea, the modern-style bungalows spread to other islands in Tahiti, eventually spreading out to the Maldives, Vanuatu (an island featured on Survivor), and the Caribbean. In Bora Bora, chances are good that your overwater bungalow in Tahiti overlooks Mount Otemanu or the clear blue waters of the lagoon. Just steps from their rooms, guests will find an array of activities to enjoy, including snorkeling, lounging on the beach, cultural demonstrations, volleyball, windsurfing, and soaking in the views.
The bungalows are equipped with modern comforts such as expansive front porches, DVD players, flat-screen TVs, and luxury linens, a perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring. Some Bora Bora bungalows are equipped with kitchens, and you always could order in, especially if your bungalow is part of a resort.
In Bora Bora and beyond, the overwater bungalows provide a memorable place to stay while exploring the South Seas. With the fantastic views, tropical setting, warm hospitality, easy access to your activities, and comfortable surroundings, you might never want to leave.