The Overwater Bungalow
Papeete, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora. Iorana! If you go to French Polynesia, chances are you will be staying in an overwater bungalow (also called “bungalow sur pilotis”). Those who do not know how to swim — don’t be scared — floatable devices are “usually” provided. Some of the overwater bungalows can be quite spacious (about 1080 sf. or 100 m2), such as the ones at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, and be equipped with glass panels looking down the lagoon. If you get lucky you can see some fish swimming underneath your bungalow. I must say that staying and sleeping over the water has something very relaxing — could be that it is because I am a water sign — or could be also that the beds are the Four Seasons are the best beds on earth — or could be simply that the sound of the water is extremely calming. Needless to say, you should not pass on the overwater bungalow experience when in French Polynesia. And yes… jumping in the middle of a lagoon from your own house has something very decadent about it I must admit. These floating houses only get “slightly” scary when you have a storm, and waves and wind start smashing against the wood structured house and the water is suddenly rising… yes we experienced it in Papeete! But lucky us we had a maintenance guy who was checking the water level if we needed to be “evacuated”. If you wonder, well no it did not make us feel more secure at all! But we did spend the stormy night in the bungalow as the winds slowly calmed down… Mauruuru Mr. maintenance guy!