It is the holiday season, and this is interestingly the time that many people plan their trips for the next year. Whether a family trip, honeymoon, destination wedding, or just getting away to a new location, an over water bungalow sounds very enticing as we head into the winter season!
So NOW is the time to make your plans to enjoy your over water bungalow whether in Tahiti, Bora Bora, the Cook Islands, or Fiji, there are many options, but very limited and these options sell out early. One more note, January is the wedding and honeymoon season, so get your reservations in before the the over water bungalows are all gone!
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#1: WHEN? This is the most often asked question! There are two seasons in Tahiti: Mid-April through October is the established “Trade Wind” season. These are those lovely balmy breezes you see in the movies and read about in books. The “Trade Winds” are the natural A/C of the islands. There is rain throughout the year. During the “Trade Wind” season the rain comes mostly in the late afternoon with 20 to 30 minute downpours and then clearing off. From mid-November through mid-April you have the “Trade Winds” less established to non-existent, so you have the possibility of more humidity and rain. That said, I LOVE this time of year as you can get a lot more snorkeling in during the day with the sun behind the clouds. Also, head over to the Tuamotu Archipelago, like the islands of Rangiroa, Tikehau, and Fakarava from November through March, as the weather pattern has less rain than say Bora Bora, due to there are no volcanic islands in the Tuamotus Islands that collect the clouds (ready air moisture!)
#2 View? The eternal question! I prefer to put a stay on Bora Bora as the last, AMAZING, part of an itinerary for the views, beauty and amazing colors of the lagoon! This means Bora Bora is THE location from over water bungalows. As you have heard over and over in the real estate market, “Location…Location…Location!” It is the same for your over water bungalow on Bora Bora. When you are looking at the resorts make sure you understand what the view of the over water bungalow is! Generally, the lead in category has a view of the resort, island that the resort is on, or in the very shallow water! You want a category of over water bungalow that has a view of the lagoon or the main peak of Bora Bora, Otemanu. Yes, it is way better than viewing the diners in the resort restaurant from your deck!
#3 Glass Coffee Table? I want to see the fish! It is generally assumed that each over water bungalow on Bora Bora and, indeed, in all the islands has the glass coffee table to see all the pretty fish. NOT so, some have lovely glass plates that do not open, some coffee tables do not have glass tops, some are at the side of the bed, and a few have none. WHAT? None, yep!
#4 Light Switch Please! Yes, you want a light switch…for the lights under your bungalow! Most over water bungalows do, otherwise you would not be able to see the fish at night and have the ROMANCE set! Yes, this is THE most wonderful, romantic event (Well one of the top ones!) to do on Bora Bora! While you are at dinner, have the resort put flower petals over your bed! Then also have a bottle of Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries deliver at the same time. When you come back you will enter a dreamland of romance. The light is on under your bungalow which scatters silvers, blues, and turquoise reflected light through your glass coffee table onto the ceiling of your bungalow. Queue…Romance!!!
#5 I am over WHAT? Never thought of this one, I bet! Now the fishies out there tend to be the color of their surroundings…over sand, you have fish that are sand color. Over coral, then the fish here have the amazing colors, have the draping fins, and even the day glow ones are here. This is where you may want to be, unless your focus is more on he view and are happy to see the fish on a tour or kayaking. All over water bungalows will see rays, sharks, and other rays as they transit through their territory in the lagoon.
One last point: Depth: Most over water bungalows that are closer to the land or resort have shallower water. The further out you go the deeper the water. It is rare to have an over water bungalow where the water is deeper than 8 to 10 feet.