L1 users: 900 (2011 SIL).
Madang province: Bonga, Malalamai, and Yara villages; Rai coast east of Saidor.
People say Malalamai and Bonga names were given by the Australian administration. Bonga village is called Garingei by residents. Malalamai village residents call their village and language Garpunei. No residents could provide an agreed upon language name, though they agree it is the same language.