Street View can be used to see the world in Google Maps, but - up until now - users were forced to stay on land. That all changes today, as Google has added the very first under water panoramas to Google Maps - and they started with The Great Barrier Reef.

In a post on the Lat-Long blog, Google highlights some of the more notable things to check out, including a close-up of a sea turtle with a school of fish, a majestic manta ray, and - probably the most beautiful of all - The Reef at sunset.

There's a lot more to explore along The Reef, so pick a spot and enjoy the view.

[Google Lat-Long]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • tehsouthpaw

    Google you awesome.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Apple Maps has a lot of catch up to do.

  • Norman Kang

    What's the point of showing all super cool features but the main problems are still not solved! When will Google release navigation function to the world? In my country, I have been waiting for ages for this navigation function. By watching all super cool function from web but when I open my SGS3, all it say “Google Maps Navigation is not yet available in this location”. I mean “come on, when will it come?”

    • FrillArtist

      Whine, whine, whine...

      • http://blog.firstdove.com/ Christian M. Z.

        You wouldn't be saying that if you were affected. In many countries, iOS now has Books and Movies on their app store, and Navigation on their maps (for years already, even prior to iOS 6), but none of the above in Android. Many of us are hardcore Android supporters, and iOS isn't a viable option (especially with the iOS 6 map screw up). But where Apple screws up a feature and Google doesn't give us the feature at all - what else can we do but "whine"?

        • Doan

          Google Play has books and movies in many countries, and Google Navigation also works in many countries. What country are you in?

          • Thx84

            Books and Movies aren't in many countries. The fact that the Google ecosystem is part of the reason why in my country there's about 50% iPhone users to only 30% something Android users. We get no Google Play music, movies or books while iTunes delivers it all to my fellow citizens

          • Doan

            Books and movies are currently available in Germany, Italy, Australia, Spain, Japan, France, United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. Google is, of course, continuing to spread the service to additional locations.

          • Thx84

            I know that I read this blog too :) it's only 9 countries for books and movies. Let's not talk about music or even magazines. Google have much more users outside the US, it doesn't make sense to bring so many features so fast and leave the rest of the world as an afterthought

          • Doan

            Google is a US company; it's logical that they offer services to their native country first, and then expand from there. This is how most companies work.

            The services you are requesting were introduced in 2011, meaning, many of them are less than a year old. Some of these countries were provided services within months of their US implementation. That doesn't sound like an afterthought to me.

          • anamika

            People buy mobile with a contract? We don't have music, movies or book. But android should be around 40% while iphone less then 5% in smart phone sales here mainly due to price advantage.

          • Thx84

            iPhones get better carriers's subsidies than Android phone with similar specs

        • Pat

          Yes, Google offers all of your stated services. Yes, depending on what country you're in, but what country are you in?

        • http://blog.firstdove.com/ Christian M. Z.

          @e5ae5c5d039bbc1e56afc497211d6421:disqus @dsDoan:disqus Singapore - one of the 10 Asian countries Google actually has a headquarter in. Like @Thx84:disqus mentioned, we do have *some* Google mobile services, such as Apps in Google Play, but that's it - no Movies, no Books, no Music, no Devices. For Maps we get regular maps and traffic information (which I'm certainly grateful for), but none of the other features like Navigation. We also get Google Talk but not Voice, for example.

          When it comes to smartphones, a majority of Singaporeans are using iPhones here (over 60% last I checked); despite Android very slowly gaining growth as the younger generation get more tired with iOS. But even then the iPhone 5 launch in Singapore saw stocks depleting in many shops within 4 hours of opening.

          As an advocate of the Android ecosystem, it's hard to convince my own countrymen to switch when the OS is lacking in so many of the key features it aims to compete against Apple; especially when the features have already been available to fellow users in the west. The mindset is usually "if it exists but it doesn't come here, maybe it'll never come here."


    • http://twitter.com/bleung_cf1ocn Brian

      google for the hacked version of gmaps....the hacked version allows navigation in any country.

      • Norman Kang

        you mind share the link?

        • tookieboy

          =.= google it yourself. if you're going to install a hacked version, don't expect the folks at xda to spoon feed you

    • froggyperson

      which country are you in?

      • Norman Kang

        Malaysia...I upload the image just in case most of
        you think I’m an isheep.(which I'm not ok)

    • Ian Santopietro

      Thy may not be licensed to do that....

    • Antti Eskelinen

      Probably Apple and Nokia hitting against Google service so that it wouldn't be available there yet.
      Just like Apple did their best to stop spotify launching in the states. And I am assuming they have their hands in game for google releasing their book and video store here in Finland as well..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

    I hate how you are all dissing Apple Maps. I mean, without it, do you think Columbus could have ever gotten so far off track from India as to find America?

    • Doan

      I don't think Apple Maps existed at that time.

      • nullvoid

        ever heard of sarcasm!!!!

        • Doan

          Have you?

      • Ian Santopietro


      • fixxmyhead

        Ur a moron capt. Fun killer

    • Raviteja

      Because of Apple Maps only he found America VERY LATE...If he used Google Maps he would have found it VERY VERY EARLY

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    Apple Maps can do the same.

    Sure, you arent looking for the reef when it directs you there and it doesnt show pictures of sea turtles and major landmarks. But close enough.

    • Doan

      This comment went over two people's heads.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Google is the coolest company out there. No doubt about it.

  • Pat

    And now begins the painstaking process of blurring the faces of the fish, for privacy reasons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/goshahniu Gosha Shtasel

    Fish faces should be blurred!

  • Adi

    I seem to be the only one with this problem, but I really can't find where to long press on the map so I could enter the Street View from Gmaps mobile. Desktop is fine I guess u could just pick up the dummy thing and Blue lines/dots appear. Only way I've seen it on mobile is by following the links in this article. What am I missing?

  • jaysann22

    Lief Eriksson found America first because he used Google Maps.