3,000 (1987 SIL).
Maluku Province, south, Kei islands, Maluku Tenggara regency, west and northeast side of Kei Besar island, Banda-Eli and Banda-Elat villages, possibly a third.
Eli, Elat. Different from other south Maluku languages.
The people originally came from the Banda Islands, but the language is no longer spoken there. Muslim.