Google just rolled out an awesome new feature of their street view maps. For the first time you can explore underwater panoramic tours of 6 different coral reefs: Heron, Lady Elliot and Wilson Islands at the Great Barrier Reef, Molokini Crater and Hanauma Bay in Hawaii, and the Apo Islands in the Philippines. You don’t have to learn how to snorkel, scuba dive, or even get your toes wet.
In collaboration with the Catlin Seaview Survey, Google used a submersible underwater camera equipped with three high-resolution wide-angle lenses that captured 24 megapixel photographs from each lens every four seconds. The results are 360 degree views and what amounts to a virtual scuba tours of each reef. Pretty freaking awesome.
Check out a brief video about Google’s underwater street view here.