L1 users: 5,100 (2000 census).
Manus province: Manus island, southeast coast, Baluan, Bundro, Johnson, M’buke, Rambutyo, Tawi, Tilianu, and Wal islands.
2 dialects, r speakers on southeast Manus Island, l speakers on outlying islands. Intelligibility between, r and l, dialects 100%.
Latin script [Latn].
Part of the trading ring described by Margaret Mead (Mead 1956). Christian, traditional religion.