Tahiti proper is crowded. Beaches are rocky. The out islands are beautiful. The planes that take you to them are like taxis -- actually land in the parking lots and you walk on -luggage is limited to 25 lbs.. We stayed at the Pearl Resort in Raitea and from there took a boat to Bora Bora and Tahaa. The water bungalows are beautiful. The island of Raitea is very underdeveloped and food is very high. I would highly recommend any of the Pearl Resorts, but make sure the tours are in English and money currency is another problem. We stayed in Tahiti at the Hotel Sofitel - was not impressed. I must mention that the water bugs at the Tahiti airport are big enough for saddles. Be careful where you stay!