12,000 (2000 SIL), increasing. Few monolinguals.
Maluku Utara Province, Halmahera Tengah and Halmahera Selatan regencies, Gane Timur and Weda districts;13 villages. Halmahera island, southeast peninsula, Weda bay, both coasts: 13 villages.
Weda, Sawai, Kobe, Faya-Mafa, Messa-Dote. Lexical similarity: 64% with North Nuaulu [nni].
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Saleman [sau]. Muslim, Christian.