3,850 (1992 SIL).
Manus Province, islands: Manus (southeast coast), Tawi, Wal, M’buke, Johnson, Baluan, Tilianu, Bundro, and Rambutyo.
2 dialects, r speakers on southeast Manus Island, l speakers on outlying islands. Intelligibility between, r and l, dialects 100%.
Part of the trading ring described by Margaret Mead (Mead 1956). Christian, traditional religion.