Leti Islands

The Letti Islands of Indonesia are part of the Maluku Islands, in southwest Maluku Province. They are also called the "Lemola" Archipelago, from the initial two letters of each of the three main islands, Letti, Moa and Lakor; each of the three islands now constitutes a separate administrative district (kecamatan) within the Maluku Barat Daya Regency (Kabupaten Maluku Barat Daya)

Leti Islands
Native name:
Kepulauan Letti
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Letti Islands in the south of the Maluku Islands.
LocationSouth-East Asia
ArchipelagoMaluku Islands
Major islandsLakor, Letti, Moa
RegencySouthwest Maluku
LanguagesIndonesian, Leti
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The islands cover 1,506.2 square kilometres (580 sq mi) in area and supported a population of 16,664 at the 2010 Census, which had increased to 26,870 at the 2020 Census. The most significant town is Pati, on Moa. Industries include the cultivation of rice, coconut palms and tobacco, animal husbandry, and fishing.

Letti proper, the westernmost island, covers 243.5 km2 and had a population of 8,060 in 2020. The island is a triangular mountain ridge, subtended by Koli Besar mountain in the east and the Rapat mountains in the west.

Moa, the central and largest island, covers 959.68 km2 and had a population of 16,294 in 2020.

Lakor, the easternmost island, covers 303.32 km2 and had a population of 2,516 in 2020.

The Letti Islands are part of the Banda Sea Islands moist deciduous forests ecoregion.


The Leti language, a member of the Austronesian languages group, is spoken on Leti.


The Leti Islands form the Leti Moa, Lakor and Moa Lakor districts of the Southwest Maluku Regency within Maluku Province.

The office of the district head (camat) of Leti Moa Lakor is located in Serwaru, on the northern coast of Leti. The office of the camat of Moa Lakor is located in Weet on Moa.

See alsoEdit


  • van Engelenhoven, Aone (2004). Leti, a language of Southwest Maluku. Leiden: KITLV Press. pp. 1–4.

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Coordinates: 8°10′44″S 127°56′29″E / 8.178868°S 127.941284°E / -8.178868; 127.941284