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Do you ever have that moment where you're scuba diving in the south Pacific, and you're wondering "Was I supposed to turn right at the coral reef to get back to the resort, or keep swimming straight?" It happens to me all the time. Luckily Google, as ever, has us covered. The Google Maps team has just released a handful of new Street View locations that are underwater. Various spots along the coast of Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii can take you down to see some of the wonderful aquatic landscape, wildlife, and flora in the region. You can find some of the more spectacular shots in Google's Street View gallery for the ocean

Looking at stuff like this, it's hard to imagine how iOS or Microsoft intend to outpace Google's progress in the mapping world. Sure, the underwater Street View is more for sightseeing than anything else, but the lengths Google is willing to go for completeness are pretty crazy. 

Any divers in the house? Ever wish you had a waterproof phone with you? 

Source: Google Lat Long


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Google Maps Street View dives under the waves


keeps jumping to the shore for me, but from the pictures I've seen so far it looks like it's gonna be awesome! Hanuama bay is amazing, and would love to see those other places.

This will work great for those "swim across the ocean" instructions for inter-continental directions!!! :P

This is a great novelty, and everything, but I kinda wish they had spent that effort and money on actually mapping the streets and neighborhoods around where I live (north Georgia). Half of the places I try to map to have no destination view and have no street view once you get off the main highway. This is like adding a huge fountain to a front yard of a house that has only half of a roof. LOL

The problem with that point of view is perspective. Google Street View is done using robot cars which have to drive down a given street to give it street view. While they've done this with millions of miles or road, it's going to take years before they hit places like north Georgia, where the addition is likely to impact very few people.

However, this partnership helps provide greater awareness and appreciation for the GBR, an area endangered by chemicals, pollutants, humans, and all sorts of other things. Note: by definition, large portions of the GBR are technically a single organism. The area is amazing, stunningly beautiful, and this project helps raise awareness of the area and its unique beauty.

Well, I certainly see what you're saying. I am in full appreciation of how cool it is and how it will possibly raise awareness for the issue. It is indeed a nice fountain that many can see.

Sigh....home. I'm from Cairns, where the majority of the GBR is. I wonder how many turtles are lining up to have camera's attached to their back to work the 'ocean street view'.

Google Maps continues to amaze me. Just saw what it does with interior maps for Harrods and other famous buildings. So terrific.