Covalima municipality is located in Timor-Leste’s south west corner and borders both Indonesia and the Timor Sea. It lies across the rugged mountain hinterland from Dili. With very steep hill country, wide river valleys and lush coastal flats, it has the sprawling town of Suai as its main centre. The extremely large Suai Cathederal is an impressive local landmark.
The Covalima coast is characterised by salty marshlands, important for wildlife, and spectacular black sand beaches offering expansive vistas out to the Timor Sea.
Most people living in Covalima speak Tetun Terik or Bunak.