Rimatara, located in the Austral archipelago, is the smallest island of the group, yet it boasts a unique charm with many hidden beauties. As you circle the island, you'll feel as though time has stopped, with tranquil surroundings and breathtaking scenery. The island's small lagoon is also home to an endangered bird species, the Khul's lorikeet or Vini 'ura, whose colorful feathers brighten up Rimatara's sky. This makes Rimatara one of the last refuges for these beautiful birds.
Until recently, access to Rimatara was only possible by sea, adding to its sense of remoteness and exclusivity. However, visitors can now fly to Rimatara from Papeete, making it easier to discover the island's hidden gems.
Aside from farming, the main occupation of Rimatara's population is basket weaving, particularly using the Fara pae'ore leaves - a variety of thornless pandanus - which are used as a material to make woven items. The islanders take pride in their traditional crafts, which have been passed down through generations and are an important part of the island's cultural heritage.
Rimatara's unspoiled landscapes and rich cultural heritage make it a unique and captivating destination. Whether you're looking to explore its tranquil surroundings, learn about local culture, or simply relax and enjoy the island's natural beauty, Rimatara is a must-visit destination.