just got back from a couple of weeks in FP.
couple of things that you might already know by reading this page:
1. in the US we call it tahiti but french polynesia is way more appropriate - things are very french
2. life outside of the resorts and hotels can be a little suspect. this is true the islands are NOT one giant resort. it's no worse than most US cities (and clearly better than detroit, gary, florida) but the difference is that you wouldn't drop $5000 to go to the south side of chicago
3. everything costs extra
4. most US cash station cards will not work in FP
5. le trucks are great
on tahiti we stayed 2 nights at the Sofitel. we paid $140 USD per night. the hallways were mildewy after it rained but the room was clean and fine. the pool was nice and the beach was okay. the showers were fantastic. if you don't feel like paying $5 for water and cokes there is a gas station (a BP) about 200 yards down the road from the sofitel. most people at the sofitel were in transit
on moorea we stayed at residence linareva. the following things sucked: it was a $35 taxi ride, i got eaten by fleas, they had free bikes but the bikes were awful. everything else about the place was great. the people, the bungalow (except for the fleas), the snorkeling, the landscape, the very popular (yet expensive) restaurant was great
on huahine we stayed at motel vanille. this was a little more "low budget" than the $110 price tag would indicate. the rooms were filled with bugs and no additional perks (no tv, no air, no mosquito nets, smelled bad, i actually didn't fit in the shower). this was our only mistake during the trip. also, i don't know what the appeal of huahine is - we were on the "traditional" side of the island. the other side had the resorts - we drove a scooter there but i still didn't like it as much as moorea or raiatea.
on raiatea we stayed at the hawaiki nui. this was amazing. we had an overwater bungalow and we paid $200 per night. the bungalow was amazing, the snorkeling, diving, tours were fantastic - the restaurant was very nice and fair priced. the town was a long walk away but offered shopping, groceries, and even public free concerts. the hawaiki had a europcar and even free water aerobics classes. the island had lots of opportunities for boating, scooter riding, bicycling - it was wonderful. the only bad comment i have is that the employees were pretty surly - even rude - it was the only hotel we ran into coldness and laziness. but at $200 per night for an amazing room i would stay there again without hesitation.
i still have all my receipts and pricings if you want to contact me