Saba belongs in the Caribbean Netherlands and is the smallest municipality of Netherlands Antilles. In its biggest part, it consists of a potentially active volcano, namely Mount Scenery which is the highest point in the Kingdom of Netherlands. The island, including the islet of Green Island became a municipality after the Netherlands Antilles were dissoluted in October 2010.
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Scuba Diving in Upper Clutha Mata-Au River, Wanaka, Otago New Zealand
The town is surrounded by the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, with spectacular mountains such as the Crown Range, Haast Pass, Roys Peak and Pisa Range and is close to Mount Aspiring National Park (World Heritage Area). Despite the mountainous landscape, the climate is considered to be continental, with fairly warm summers and temperatures that can reach up to 25°C/77°F, and cold winters with frequent snowfalls.
Clutha Mata-Au is the longest river in South Island. It begins its journey close to Haast Pass, passes Lake Wanaka and flows southeast up to 210 mi/338 km until it merges with the Pacific Ocean. It is a fast flowing river, with a rather diverse course and many rapids, consisting the perfect destination for the lovers of river drift scuba diving.
Start with Lake Wanaka Outlet and continue into Clutha River for some 6 mi/10 km. During your dive, you will meet many trouts passing you by.
Note: Temperatures: average of 9°C/48.20°F during winter and 19°C/66.20°F during summer.