Take an Underwater Expedition With Google Maps

Catlin Seaview Survey
An underwater view of the Opal Reef, part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Swim with the sea turtles, watch a sunset from under the ocean, and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most stunning ecosystems.

Now you can go on an underwater exploration of hard-to-reach coral reefs while you’re still seated in front of your computer.

Google has partnered with the Catlin Seaview Survey to bring a Street View of ocean life to Google Maps and Google Earth, and the results are breathtaking.

The ocean collection launched last week and includes panoramic images from a specially designed camera taken on a series of expeditions to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, as well as reefs in the Philippines and Hawaii.

Ready? You can start your dive in the Great Barrier Reef, with views of a sea turtle swimming with a school of fish at the Heron Island Resort, a manta ray at Lady Elliot Island, and a sunset view of Wilson Island.

Then, swim on over to the Philippines to explore an ancient coral boulder at Apo Island, followed by beautiful scenes from the waters of Hawaii, including the Molokini Crater in Maui and Honolulu’s Hanauma Bay.

Have a good trip, but be careful — it’s easy to lose yourself in these maps!


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