Rimatara, Austral Islands

Rimatara is the smallest and westernmost of the Austral islands, located 550 km south of Tahiti and 150 km west of Rurutu. It is a circular volcanic plateau surrounded by a reef with a height of 8 to 10 meters (26 to 32 feet). The highest point, at the peak of Mount Uhau, is 83 meters (272 feet). The main villages are Amaru (the capital), Anapoto and Mutuaura.

Rimatara is the least known Austral island which attracts very few visitors. It is a very peaceful place where there are no hotels, bars, restaurants or vehicle rentals available.

Things to See & Do

* Island tours
* Village visits

General information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency - CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 8 km²
Population – 930 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style, two parallel flat pins Japanese style
Time - GMT minus 10
International Country Telephone Code – + 689

Port Location – Rimatara is surrounded by coral reefs that prevent boats from docking. Visitors are transferred to shore aboard smaller whaleboats.

Transport Links – The Tuhaa Pae III cargo ship comes every 2 to 3 weeks to Rimatara.

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