kapoposang Island

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Iant Point

Kapoposang

 

Kapoposang Islands is part of the outermost group of islands that make up the Spermonde Archipelago, located about 70 kilometers northwest off Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi. The bigger islands within the Spermonde region are Papandangan, Kondongbali, Suranti, and Tambakulu. Although local divers started diving Kapoposan in the mid 90s, the diving industry here has not been properly developed. This means that accommodation on the island is limited, with only two available options, both of which are under the management of local dive operators and dive clubs.

Kapoposong offers clear water and lots of pelagics; dives here hold the promise of tuna, shark, and occasionally, marine mammals such as dolphins and whales that are spotted at the drop off or in the surge on the reef flat.

The topography here is extraordinary. The island is ringed with shallow contours, which suddenly drop steeply into a seemingly endless wall. The dive sites in Kapoposang are spread from the west to the north and to the east. Some of the area’s most famous sites are killing Fiela, Shark point, Mardjono point, Nakano point, Cave point, Turtle point, Aquarium point, Januar point, and lan’s point.

The best to visit Kapoposang is from April to November when the sea tends to be calmer, the weather is better and the winds are not as strong as they are at the beginning and the end of the year. Boats to Kapoposang leave from popsa Pier near fort Rotterdam in Jalan pasar ikan, Makassar. The journey takes about two hourse by speedboat.

 

Geeting There

Best Season April – November

Fly to Makassar

Airport : Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport

-Direct flight from Singapore and Malaysia

Domestic Route :

Denpasar – Makassar

Surabaya – Makassar

Jakarta – Makassar

Manado – Makassar

Speedboat Charter :

Makassar to Kapoposang : Two to three hours

Dive Site name : Ian Point (1)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore, Down current

Marine life : Snapper, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Trigger, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Turtle, Ray

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Patch Submerged

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : –

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Januar Point (2)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth :20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope, Steep, slope, Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore, Down current

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Barracuda, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Shell, Ray, Turtle

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Submerged

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Eagle ray; Cavern

Caution : Deep dive, Down current

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Aquarium (3)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope, Steep slope

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Flounder, Gobies, Moray eels, Eels, Scorpion, Flathead, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Ray, Turtle

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Patch, Submerged

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Garden Eels, Ghost pipefish

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Turtle Point (4)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 18m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off

Bottom composition : Coral reef

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Moray eels, Scorpion,  Shrimp, Nudibranch, Turtle, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Cavern

Caution : Deep dive

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Tanjung I (5)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope, Steep slope, Flat, Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore, Down current

Marine life : Jack, Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Barracuda, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Eels, Frogfish, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Shell, Turtle, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Schooling Barracuda, Garden eels

Caution : Deep dive, Down current

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Cave (6)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Flat

Bottom composition : Coral reef

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies,  Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies,  Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Shell, Turtle, Shark

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Cavern

Caution : Deep Dive

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-3

 

Dive Site name : Teluk (7)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Jack, Trevallies, Fusilier, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Gobies eels, Eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Ray, Turtle, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Whitetip shark

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Nakano (8)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 15m

Maximum depth : 25m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Flat

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Trevallies, Snapper,  Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Puffer, Gobies, Moray  eels, Eels, Scorpion, Flathead, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Ray, Turtle, Shell

Coral reef : Good

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat

Highlights : Marble ray

Caution :-

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-2

 

Dive Site name : Tanjung II (9)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 30m

Visibility : 20m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Steep slope, Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Fusilier, Butterfly, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer,  Porcupine, Gobies, Moray  eels, Scorpion, Blennies, Octopus, Shrimp, Crab, Nudibranch, Turtle, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Whitetip reef shark

Caution : –

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Marjono Point (10)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 25m

Maximum depth : 35m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off, Slope, Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Jack, Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Sweetlips, Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger,Puffer,  Gobies , Moray eels, Blennies, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Ray, Turtle, Shark

Coral reef : Average

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : –

Caution : Deep dive

Recommended for : All divers

Dive Site Classification :  2-3

 

Dive Site name : Shark Point (11)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 20m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Drop off

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore. Down current

Marine life : Jack, Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier,  Butterfly, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger,Puffer,  Gobies , Moray eels, Blennies, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Ray, Turtle, Shark

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Eagle ray

Caution : Deep dive

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 2-3

 

Dive Site name : Killing Fiela (12)

Area : Kapoposang

Average depth : 10m

Maximum depth : 40m

Visibility : 15m

Min temperature : 25c

Max temperature : 29c

Bottom contour : Slope, Steep slope, Flat Mixed

Bottom composition : Coral reef, Sand

Current : Long shore

Marine life : Jack, Trevallies, Snapper, Fusilier, Cardinal, Angel, Grouper, Damselfish, Anthias, Batfish, Wrasse, Parrot, Surgeon, Trigger, Box, Puffer,  Gobies , Scorpion,  Blennies, Shrimp, Nudibranch, Ray, Turtle

Coral reef : Bad

Type of reef : Fringing

Type of diving : Boat, Drift

Highlights : Eagle ray

Caution : Deep dive, Strong current

Recommended for : Experienced divers

Dive Site Classification : 1-3


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