On the surface, Utapau is largely covered by a desert. This desert, however, is jotted by countless sinkholes, which penetrate the surface of the planet. These sinkholes, which go down for miles, are the most distinguishing characteristic of the planet. Also on the surface are a number of rock formations that protrude up from the ground and a number of small forests and jungles have managed to take root, even around the ice caps. A cave near one of the poles is thought to be cursed by the natives of Utapau, who try to stay away from it. Underneath the surface of Utapau, a large, planet-wide ocean exists, which is the cause of the numerous sinkholes on the surface. Inside this ocean and the sinkholes exist many of the planet’s species.