The Maluku Islands are an archipelago in Indonesia, and part of the larger Maritime Southeast Asia region. Tectonically they are located on the Halmahera Plate within the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi, west of New Guinea, and north of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the Spice Islands by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands.
The Leti Islands of Indonesia are part of the Maluku Islands, in southeast Maluku province. The main islands are Moa, Leti and Lakor. The Leti Islands form the Letti Moa Lakor subdistrict of the Maluku Barat Daya regency of Maluku province. The archipelago is 750 km2 in area and supports a population approx. 60000. The most significant town is Pati, on Moa. Industries include the cultivation of rice, coconut palms and tobacco, animal husbandry, and fishing.
Leti proper, the westernmost island, has population approx. 7000. The island is a triangular mountain ridge, subtended by Koli Besar mountain in the east and the Rapat mountains in the west. Leti has no natural harbours, and is entirely cut off from the outside world during the December to April monsoon when its anchorage grounds are unusable. The office of the district head (camat) of Letti Moa Lakor is located in Serwaru, on the northern coast of Leti. The Leti language is spoken on Leti.