Run is the smallest island in Banda with a fascinating history. Run island was traded to the British in the 17th century for another island – a place we know today as ManHattan! Cloves and nutmeg grown here were so highly valued back then, the Dutch would have paid any price to monopolize these precious spices. With an old Dutch nutmeg plantation nAmed El Dorado and some fragrant clove plantations, Run truly is a magical spice island. Run Island is full of life, with woman drying cloves and nutmeg under the sun around every corner. Visit Fort Swan and Fort Defense, enjoy superb diving and snorkeling, and explore nearby Nailaka Island where you can stroll the White Sands while waiting for the sunset. Around Run Island, you can enjoy world-class diving with huge pilot whales, contrasting with tiny pygmy seahorses, the size of a stamp.