Welcome to Rimatara
What sets its apart from most other Polynesian islands is its unique geology. Like Rurutu, Rimatara is a raised atoll, or makatea – a hilly, volcanic island walled in by a fringing reef (a fossilised coral limestone shell) and circled by beautiful white-sand beaches. The circle-island road that connects the three villages is fun for exploring by bike.
Air Tahiti began servicing the island in 2006, but it has yet to register on the tourist radar. The exception is birders, who visit in search of the exquisitely coloured Rimatara lorikeet and the more discreet Rimatara reed-warbler. Even for non-birdwatchers, it's an amazing experience to walk through the forest and sight a pair of eye-catching lorikeets perched on a banana leaf.