Virtual Dive Activity Sheets

To complement the Sanctuaries 360° virtual reality lesson plans and virtual dives, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has created a collection of educational virtual reality activities for students to further explore these underwater treasures. Like the 360° videos, these activities are great for all ocean lovers, as well as those who have yet to or are unable to experience the ocean’s beauty firsthand. Enjoy a combination of captivating articles, videos, and 360° images and videos to learn more about your National Marine Sanctuary System!

a sea lion swims with kelp in the background

Channel Islands

Go on a virtual adventure through Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and swim with California sea lions through kelp forests.

A plant in the ocean

Monterey Bay

In this activity, you will take an underwater virtual dive through kelp forests in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and learn about this incredible ecosystem.

a diver looking at a jellyfish

Olympic Coast

Take a virtual adventure through Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest to swim among the many animals found in this underwater treasure.

Ocean coral plant

Florida Keys

In this activity, you will go on a virtual adventure through the coral reefs of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

A diver in clear water

Thunder Bay

Go on a virtual adventure through Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron and dive among historic shipwrecks that hold the stories of the Great Lakes’ maritime past.

A diver in clear water

American Samoa

Take a virtual dive adventure through the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to learn about Samoan culture and see gigantic coral heads.

Herd of fishes

Gray’s Reef

In this activity, you will go on a virtual adventure through Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary off Georgia and explore a natural live-bottom reef teeming with marine life.

A couple of birds on top of a whale

Stellwagen Bank

Go on a virtual adventure through Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Boston, Massachusetts to see your favorite whales.

a diver looking at a jellyfish

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale

Take a virtual adventure through Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and swim alongside humpback whales, honu (turtles), and whitetip reef sharks.

Ocean coral plant

Flower Garden Banks

In this activity, you will take a virtual dive adventure through Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico to learn about coral reef ecosystems.