Though the overwater bungalow was invented in French Polynesia, this isn’t a destination just for the rich. Here’s an overview of the popular accommodation options in French Polynesia.
Resorts: ranging from ultra-luxurious to 3-star properties, resorts are pampering yet very expensive, especially if you’re opting to stay in a dreamy overwater bungalow. There are ways to save on resort accommodations if you know the tricks of the trade.
Pensions: family-owned guesthouses ranging from ultra simple to boutique-style. In most pensions, half-board options are available (or required) and communal meals are the norm. This is the best option for travelers who seek to get to know the locals and for those who do not plan to lounge by the pool the entire day.
Lodges: somewhere between resorts and pensions as far as luxury and amenities.
Camping: many islands do have a camping option. This can even be in the backyard of a pension.
Vacation rentals: lots of simple and fancy units are available for rent on most islands.