Kapoposang is one of the largest of the Spermonde Islands, around 70 km northwest of Makassar, South Sulawesi. Kapoposang covers an area of around 50,000 hectares and is inhabited by around 100 families. Several other islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, lie near Kapoposang. The larger ones include Papandangan, Kondongbali, Suranti and Tambakulu.
Kapoposang and the nearby islands were declared a Nature Tourism Park by the Department of Forestry in 1999. Diving has been an important activity at Kapoposang. There were so few local divers at the time, and because of the distance from other well-known diving areas in Indonesia, Kapoposang has basically remained a secret.
The best time to visit Kapoposang is between April and November, when the seas are calm, the weather favorable, and the wind less fierce than in the other months. The trip takes two hours by speedboat; the ocean breezes help to cool your skin in the hot morning sun. As you approach Pulau Kapoposang, you see the deep blue water, which suddenly meets an expanse of coral reefs between extensive shallows with white sands in the seabed. Sea grass also grows lushly near the shore. The sea bed at Kapoposang has a unique composition; near the island are some quite shallow contours, and then suddenly steep underwater cliffs leading to seemingly endless depths. The water is very clear; you can expect underwater visibility of over 15 meters – ideal conditions for divers.
(Soal UN SMA/MA IPA 2011/2012)
1. The text is about ….
A. Kapoposang and the surrounding islands
B. Kapoposang as a diving spot
C. Kapoposang as a very popular tourist spot
D. Kapoposang as a secret area
E. Kapoposang and the weather
2. Where is Kapoposang located?
A. In the Nature Tourism Park of Makassar
B. Next to Makassar, South Sulawesi
C. In the Spermonde Islands.
D. Among the big islands near Makassar.
E. Very close, to the north of Spormonde.
3. We know from the text that ….
A. there are very few divers in the island
B. hundreds of family live in the island
C. Kapoposang has a large area of coral reefs
D. Kapoposang always has good weather
E. Kapoposang is surrounded by deep blue water