Virtual Dives

An immersive 360 view of your national marine sanctuaries

Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.

Select which sanctuary you want to visit, scroll through the gallery, and click on a panorama to start your dive!

Dive In

All you need is an internet connection!

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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 googles icon icon) for an extra‐immersive experience.

Select which sanctuary you want to visit above and click on a panorama to start your dive!

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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!