L1 users: 3,000 (1987 SIL).
Maluku province: Maluku Tenggara regency, Banda-Eli and Banda-Elat villages, possibly a third; Kei Besar island west and northeast.
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.