Splurge or Save – How to do The Islands of Tahiti on different budgets


When you think of Bora Bora, Tahiti or Moorea, you might immediately think of overwater bungalows, luxury yachts and opulent experiences worthy of heads of state or rich celebrities. While this is very much available at the destination – after all, the destination has been awarded multiple accolades for its top-tier luxury accommodation options – The Islands of Tahiti caters to both budget travellers and those willing to splurge.

Overwater bungalows in Taha’a. Credit: David Kirkland

Splurge: Luxe accommodation options in The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti offer a wide array of luxury resorts and private islands across the 118 islands, making it sometimes challenging to choose the perfect accommodation. Whether you want to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora or Taha’a, on a private island resort near Raiatea or discover the islands on a super yacht, The Islands of Tahiti has it all.


As the birthplace of the overwater bungalow, it is easily the most recognisable accommodation option in The Islands of Tahiti. While Bora Bora might be the island that first comes to mind for these iconic houses, many other islands in the destination have them. A couple of key luxury resorts worth staying at during your holiday include:

  • St Regis Bora Bora Resort: The most spacious overwater villas in the destination can be found at the renowned St. Regis. Guests staying at the 5-star resort will have access to their personal Signature St. Regis Butler 24 hours a day, as well as access to a Lagoonarium, fitness centre and on-site spa.
  • Le Taha’a by Pearl Resorts: Le Taha’a is set on a private islet looking onto the lush shores of the island of Taha’a, also known as the vanilla island with its many plantations. As the neighbouring island Raiatea is accessible a short boat trip from Taha’a you can explore both islands in one day.
  • Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort: The dramatic peaks of Moorea and incredible underwater life draw in divers and hikers from all over the world. Boasting French style infused with Tahitian hospitality makes the Sofitel Moorea the best spot to tick the boxes for both an adventure holiday and an overwater bungalow stay.


Those after a more private holiday away from any masses will find that the following luxury private resorts have everything required for a relaxing and lavish holiday:

  • The Brando, Tetiaroa: The luxury resort located on its private island was discovered by the late Marlon Brando who sought to preserve this little slice of paradise by not only protecting the land but also creating a research station and an eco-resort. The Brando is also nearing its goal of becoming fully carbon-neutral and self-sustainable.
  • Motu Nao Nao, Raiatea: This beautiful resort is located on its private motu and is only bookable in its entirety, meaning you’ll have complete privacy during your stay. Enjoy private Tahitian dance performances, traditional canoe lessons, and movie nights on the big screen with the lagoon in the background.
  • NOAM Bora Bora: This is the ultimate private villa option located on what’s considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The property can fit up to 14 people and comes with a reception team at the guests’ disposal, a private chef, and a magnificent swimming pool with a view of Mount Otemanu.

Motu Nao Nao private resort, Raiatea.

With 118 islands and atolls, spread over an area the size of Europe, The Islands of Tahiti offers the ultimate opportunity to explore multiple islands in a superyacht. You can go snorkelling or diving in the best spots at your leisure, enjoy the delicious cuisine with the experienced Tahitian private chefs on the vessel, enjoy a traditional Tahitian message in a hotel spa, and enjoy a remote motu in complete privacy.


Save: Budget accommodation in The Islands of Tahiti

If your budget doesn’t quite allow for an overwater bungalow at a lavish luxury resort, there are multiple more budget-friendly options to enjoy a Tahitian holiday.


The best way to experience the 118 islands on a budget is to stay in a guesthouse with the locals, also referred to as pensions. Offering everything needed for a relaxing holiday, these budget accommodations also allow for an authentic experience and the opportunity to connect with the locals. Essentially every island in the destination has pensions where you get to stay with a local family, go on day trips in the area with their local guides, sample their traditional homecooked Tahitian dishes and learn about their culture.

  • NUI Shack, Raiatea: Treat yourself to a wellness experience with yoga, massages, treatment rituals and vegan dishes run by the inspiring Eva and her mother Vicky who believe in reconnecting with nature.
  • Les Relais Josephine, Rangiroa: Located on the edge of the Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa, this charming family-run guesthouse is perfect for those wanting close access to some of the best diving spots on the islands.
  • The Ninamu Pearl, Tahiti: Located on a hilltop with views of the Tahitian lagoon and sister island Moorea in the distance, this guesthouse features private pools on the balcony and a terrace bar where you can rewind watching the sunset.

The Ninamu Pearl, Tahiti guesthouse.

Another great way to save money on your trip to the islands is to book a vacation rental where you can explore the destination while experiencing the feeling of being at home, but with infinitely better views. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful spot for a romantic getaway or a spacious villa for a family vacation, the vacation rentals provide the perfect setting to create memorable experiences while enjoying the landscapes of the islands.

  • Suite Vai Tea, Tahiti: A delightful one-bedroom apartment located in the lush tropical garden of a new beachfront residence on Tahiti’s west coast, which features a stunning white sand beach and a large pool exclusively for residents.
  • Villa Soanui, Tahiti: If you’re travelling with a group of friends or family, opt for a larger-scale vacation rental like this spacious villa with an infinity pool on the west coast of the main island.
  • Villa Moana, Moorea: This modern-style 4-bedroom property located on the edge of the lagoon is conveniently located on the west coast of Moorea, close to well-known surf spots such as Haaptiti and Avarapa Pass. Perfect for a group of friends keen to surf!

Suite Vai Tea vacation rental in Tahiti.


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