Very few people make it out to Rimatara other than birders – which is a real shame. It may be small but it’s a beautiful, friendly island. The surprising thing is that it is geographically closer to Rarotonga (indicated by its capital Avarua) than to the capital of French Polynesia – Papeete. Although you can get to Papeete with miles, you will have to pay cash for this domestic flight.
Air Tahiti flies there on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I wanted a 3 night stay so out on Friday and back on Monday was the best option. If you are pressed for time or can only manage a 2 night stay, you will still see the Rimatara Lorikeets. The island is small and they are easy to see.
The first thing I noticed as we approached Rimatara is that the island is much flatter than the islands of the Marquesas.