L1 users: 27,700 (2000).
Maluku Utara province: Kao, Jailolo, and Tubelo districts on north Halmahera island; Maba and Wasile districts on central Halmahera; Morotai island central east coast; Ambon, Bacan, Gane, Obi, Patani, Raja Ampat, and Weda islands; Papua province: Sorong area.
Dodinga, Boëng, Tobelo (Heleworuru).
Latin script [Latn].
Taught in middle school in Tobelo town. Traditional religion, Christian.