Over water bungalows whether in the islands of Tahiti, including Bora Bora or Moorea, the Cook Islands, or anywhere in the world, here are some helpful hints on booking your over water bungalow for your family trip, honeymoon, destination wedding, or just getting away to a new location. An over water bungalow is romantic, adventurous and has the best views in the islands. Here we go to get the best one for you!
#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 in French Polynesia, 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 (read air moisture!)
When also means “how far in advance?” If you count all the people traveling to the South Pacific Islands of French Polynesia, Fiji, and the Cook Islands in 1-year as tourists, the same amount arrive into Honolulu in 1-month! This means that the best pricing and availability not only for over water bungalows but for air is best available well in advance. I advise booking at least six months in advance and preferably eight months in advance.
#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 when in French Polynesia! It is the same in all South Pacific locations of over water bungalows. Your realtor always says, “Location…Location…Location!” 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, or the 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 sunset, or the main island. This 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 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! This is THE most wonderful, romantic event (Well one of the top ones!) to do! 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 silver, blue, 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.
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