Dive in without getting wet! Your National Marine Sanctuary System protects a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 620,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters, and now you can visit these amazing places in the blink of an eye. From the thriving kelp forests of Channel Islands to the treasured coral reefs of the Florida Keys, few places on the planet can compete with the wonders of the National Marine Sanctuary System. Come along as we experience these underwater treasures through virtual reality.
Virtual Dive Galleries
Sea Lion Encounter
Swim along with a playful sea lion as it takes you on a tour through the sanctuary's kelp forests and rocky outcrops.
Cordell Bank Adventure
Discover colorful corals and anemones, rockfish, jellies, ocean sunfish and more.
Come along and explore with green sea turtles (honu) as they take you around Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Join your dive buddies on D.M. Wilson, one of the hundreds of shipwrecks protected in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary holds some of the most iconic coral reefs in the world, but they are suffering from disease and other stressors.
One of the Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary's most impressive recreationally accessible shipwrecks, St. Peter, is located northeast of Putneyville.
Mallows Ghost Fleet
Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary protects and interprets the remnants of more than 100 World War I-era wooden steamships – known as the "Ghost Fleet".
All you need is an internet connection!
These sanctuary views can be seen on a personal computer or a smartphone. Pair your phone with a virtual reality headset or goggles of your choice (and click the icon) for an extra‐immersive experience.
Select which sanctuary you want to visit above and click on a panorama to start your dive!
What is a Virtual Dive?
It's the ability to view a spot within a sanctuary from every angle; to be able to explore the surrounding environment as though you were there. This virtual reality experience is made possible through technology that produces 360 degree images which are "stitched" together from a series of six underwater photos. These pictures are taken by trained divers with special cameras, and are the product of an exciting collaboration between the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and The Ocean Agency. We will continue to add images from across the sanctuary system as our NOAA divers collect more snapshots, so be sure to check the above galleries often to see new virtual dives!