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Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows – are they worth the expense ?

Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows – are they worth the expense ?

The Sofitel Private Island Overwater Bungalow is by far, the most amazing accommodation I have ever stayed in.  It’s not just the soul changing scenery, or the room itself, it’s the way you are treated like a VIP.  

We were given free drinks on arrival, the manager came over with a cake and sang me happy birthday, and a lady would knock on our door every evening and give us macaroons and a juice.

I usually travel pretty cheaply by staying at guest houses, eating off the streets and refusing to travel in peak times.  For this particular holiday,  I went all out and booked a luxury holiday for hubby and myself.  When I say I went all out, I mean that I booked an overwater bungalow on Sofitel’s private Island on Bora Bora for four nights.  I also booked three nights in a garden room at the Sofitel on Moorea, and just a standard room on the Sofitel in Tahiti for 3 nights.

Bora Bora was by far the most expensive! The cheapest we could score an overwater bungalow for was around AU$600 – $700 a night and that was in off peak season receiving a discount for using Sofitel for all three islands.

The Sofitel Private Island is also in a fantastic location for snorkeling.  In fact, a snorkelling tour would stop right next to the private island every day.  There is also the huge bonus of being able to jump right off your balcony into the water.

The photos below speak for themselves:

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View of the Sofitel Private Island Overwater Bungalows from a Kayak
Bora Bora overwater bungalow
View from the lookout on the Sofitel Private Island
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Inside our overwater bungalow
Inside our overwater bungalow
View from the lookout on Sofitel Private Island in Bora Bora
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This is me !….under our overwater bungalow. Hubby is taking a photo from a viewing glass that is under the coffee table in the living room !!
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Our back deck on the overwater bungalow
Bora Bora overwater bungalow
View of the Sofitel Private Island from the Kayak

Me snorkeling for the first time EVER !! The ladder behind me leads up to the back deck of our overwater bungalow.
Jason snorkeling around the private island

In conclusion, the simple answer is YES, an overwater bungalow on Bora Bora is totally worth the expense….but only if you can afford it.

In total, it cost us around AU$9,000 for ten days in French Polynesia.  This amount includes all of our flights, accommodation, transfers and food for two adults.

Even though I have fantastic memories of French Polynesia, I will go back to budget – midrange holidays.  Travelling cheaper means that I can travel more often, and at the end of the day, this is what is important to me.

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