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Run Island Maluku

Run Island in Maluku

Discover untouched marine beauty in Indonesia's historical Spice Islands

What you need to know about Run

Run Island, part of the Banda Islands in Maluku, Indonesia, offers a unique blend of rich history and incredible diving. Known as one of the original Spice Islands, Run Island's historical significance is matched by its underwater allure. The island's remote location ensures that its coral reefs remain vibrant and teeming with life, making it a must-visit for avid divers.

Diving at Run Island, you can expect to encounter a variety of marine species, including colorful reef fish, majestic sea turtles, and occasional pelagic visitors. The coral gardens are in pristine condition, thanks to the island's isolation and lack of mass tourism.

For non-divers, the island offers a wealth of activities. You can explore the remnants of its storied past, including ancient forts and spice plantations. Hiking opportunities abound, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and lush landscapes. Snorkeling is also a fantastic option, with the shallow reefs just as vibrant and full of life as the deeper dive sites.

Interesting facts about Run Island

Getting there: The best way to reach Run Island is by liveaboard, offering the convenience of visiting multiple dive sites in the Banda Sea. Occasionally, you can also take a local boat from Banda Neira.

Best time to visit Run Island: The ideal time to dive Run Island is from October to April, with water temperatures ranging from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F). Visibility is typically excellent, ranging from 20 to 30 meters (65 to 98 feet).

Diving Conditions: Run Island offers varied depths from shallow coral gardens to deeper drop-offs, suitable for divers of all levels. Currents are generally mild, making for relaxing dives.

Our liveaboard trips: Several liveaboards include Run Island in their itineraries, often combining it with other Banda Sea highlights like Hatta Island and the Hammerhead shark hotspot of Manuk. Trips usually last 7-10 days, ensuring a comprehensive diving experience.

A little known fact: Run Island was famously traded by the British to the Dutch in 1667 in exchange for Manhattan, New York, highlighting its historical importance as a coveted Spice Island.

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Run Island Maluku
Run Island, Maluku
Run Island, Maluku

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