Although Rimatara is the smallest island of the Austral archipelago, it holds a particular charm with many hidden beauties. Around this circle shaped island, it feels like time has stopped. With just a small lagoon the island is also one of the last shelters for an endangered bird species, Khul’s Lorikeet or vini 'ura, a bird whose colorful feathers brighten up the Rimatara’s sky. Access to the island was by sea until more recently, where you can now fly from Papeete. A trip to Rimatara holds its promises like only remote islands can.
The main occupation of the population, aside from farming, is basket weaving and especially the preparation of fara pae'ore leaves (a variety of thornless pandanus) used as a material to make woven items.