3,000 (1987 SIL).
South Maluku, Kei islands, west and northeast side of Kei Besar island, Banda-Eli and Banda-Elat villages, possibly another village.
Elat, Eli. Different from other south Maluku languages.
All domains. Also use Kei [kei].
The people originally came from the Banda Islands, but the language is no longer spoken there. Muslim.