I want to dive in the Andaman Sea with Google Earth! But I can not...
I want to dive in the Andaman Sea with Google Earth! But I can not...

How to dive with Google Earth?

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I must be an idiot. I can't dive below the surface with Google Earth. The info is all over the web: you can now explore the ocean floor with the new "Oceans" feature of the software. Well, I can't do it. I can't go underwater.

Updated [September 26, 2012]
Three years after this article went online, Google Maps has launched the 360° exploration of several underwater sites, with the Street View option. I love it!
► See here : Explore the underwater world with Google Maps
The underwater walks are beautiful. Nothing to do with the disappointing experience I had in 2009 with Google Earth and that I mention below ...

 Where's the submarine mode?

I want to dive in the Andaman Sea with Google Earth! But I can not...
I want to dive into the Andaman Sea with Google Earth! But I can't do it...

I downloaded the new version, spotted the diving spots and Cousteau's red cap that gives access to videos. I followed the road of some whale sharks and found various environmental information around the sites of Sipadan and Similan. But no way to go underwater ...

It did look attractive ...

I wanted to do virtual dives before dipping my fins in the Andaman Sea in early March ... Apparently, for the areas that interest me (Thailand, Indonesia), the function should not be activated yet.

How's it going at home?

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  1. Well ... I do not know if it works at home ... because, it's so cold here that I do not want to put myself in the water !!!!! Montreal, I do not know if I'll be able to really discover this city, my hands do not withstand the cold ... yet, I think it is not so cold that: -15 ... Well, it seems that in a few days it will heat up ... we'll see ... Would still be that I manage to put my nose out, and see Montreal differently than through the underpasses !!
    I hope you will be able to dive virtually, because, actually it looks pretty cool!
    Lots of love!

  2. Yeah, apparently, there must be only a few really active areas for this function, and not the ones I would like ... We'll see. In a while, it will get rich I guess, and we can really "dive" everywhere.

    What's fun is to see how the buzz spread on the web, everyone relayed the info without even testing the thing personally to see if it was really functional ... In my case, I am rather disappointed.

    Good luck for -15 ° C. As long as it is heated where you dance, you should survive! Good luck.

  3. I'm commenting myself ...

    I just looked at the Google queries that led people to my blog today. I'm obviously not the only one having trouble going underwater with Google Earth. A lot of people have landed here since I published this post, with the following searches:

    - go diving on google
    - how to go underwater with google
    - how to go underwater google earth
    - plunge earth
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    - I can not go to ocean function
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    - how to explore underwater with google
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    - I can not dive with google earth
    - how his walk explored the seas in google
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    - google earth ocean "how to dive"

    Interesting, no?
    I feel less alone on this one.

  4. Hello

    Same, installation OK, I find the location of dive sites, Cousteau's cap, some access to videos ...
    It's already very nice but the "underwater mode" is summed up in videos about the underwater world ... ❓

  5. @ Manta: I see that we are at the same stage. Yes, of course, it's nice all this doc on the underwater world, but hey. This is not exactly what I was hoping for.

  6. Bigre, -4000 meters ???
    I do believe that there is the Marianas Trench that can be accessed. I will try again this weekend to go under water at this place. But hey, if there is nothing to see ...

  7. Hello!

    I've been reading your blog for a long time, but have never left comments (I think?).
    I also installed the new version of Google Earth, and I have the same problem that you ... videos, photos, etc ... are there, but impossible to dive! What a pity! I hope we will come to something!

  8. Hello Claire and a thousand thanks for this little comment! It's always a pleasure for me to finally read a word from my readers usually "silent" ...

    Regarding Google Earth, areas accessible in "underwater" are still limited in number, apparently. We can hope that the software will be enriched little by little in the months to come!

  9. Hello, Alimata! Always relevant, your interventions ...
    It's beautiful, the buzz-marketing on the net!

    PS. I do not know why, your comments land, each time, in moderation ... I swear you're not yet in my blacklist!

  10. The marketing guys at Google are too good at it 😆
    Z have managed to download and update their v5 in record time by believing the whole planet that we could, with this version, see the seabed as the surfaces emerged.
    They royally announce 1000 "filmed sequences", but given the surface of the oceans, that's not much per km²... 😳
    By the way, I have received confidences from a well-placed person at GG and they are preparing a version 6 in which we will be able to visit the subsoil of our beloved planet and even go to the center of the earth 😀.
    Allo Jules Verne ❓

  11. ❓ I still do not understand, aside from the blue, there is something to see somewhere under the water ???

  12. My "relief" mode is permanently activated.
    I can "pass" under the surface in some places but not everywhere (I double click on Oceans in the list on the left and it always brings me back to the same point). And I'm like Manta: I still do not understand the interest. Nothing to see except blue.

  13. Me, the Earth is not even in 3D ... There are only yellow and white lines, whereas I have highlighted it !!!!

  14. @ Tony: I think it's not you who has a problem, but the software ...

    @ Momo: There, I have the impression that you still have more bugs than everyone !!! Either you have to activate other parameters (?), Or Google Earth is badly installed and you have to do it again, or your computer is not powerful enough ...

  15. @ Siratus: Yes, a true catcher, this story of "diving under the sea" with Google Earth !!! Well ... let's forget that. In the meantime, good REAL diving !!!

  16. Interested in advertising, I tried to go with Google Earth underwater, in the Philippines... Like you, nothing to see 👿
    So, I'm going to dive and see, for real, tomorrow! 8)

  17. Hello, I encountered the same problem as you but by tilting the camera, putting the relief (buildings in 3D too), ocean and ocean surface in display, I managed to dive and see the relief underwater (only in some places, where a Cousteau's head is often located). Not much to see 😳

    If you want, here are the coordinates of Atlantis, the buzz that there was not long ago (denied by the managers of earth, it would be only lines supposed to help the boats) voila:

    31 ° 24 'N
    24 ° 26 'W
    here it is


    1. Otherwise there's always Ibrazil the 2nd Atlantis 😯

      52 ° 09'42.532 "N
      13 ° 13'12.69 "W

      latitude 52.1616667
      longitude -13.22

  18. @Bibing: Thank you for these indications, which will serve all those who, like us, wonder how to go underwater with Google Earth. But I persist in saying, since there is not much to do at the moment, that it remains a catch-gogo, this function of exploration of the oceans!

  19. I managed by moving the "thing" on the top right, well we do not see much but I see the surface above me
    Good luck to you

  20. ❗ I succeeded ❗ ❗ ❗
    Activate "relief" at the bottom of the practical information in the menu on the left
    go on an area marked by a wave-shaped, half-white, half-white, half-round machine and explore the seabed
    to make it interesting do as if you wanted to see the buildings in 3d (right click plus move the mouse down) ❗ 💡 😀 🙂 8) 😆 😛

  21. Yes, apparently, it's limited Google Ocean, it's a shame.
    Like Corinne, I would have liked to program my dives. By the way, the water is still good for the season in Brittany.

  22. In fact, I think I found the solution:
    - use the flight simulator (Ctrl + Alt + A)
    - then fly over the water and dive into the water
    I hope it works for you, in any case it works
    😀 🙂

  23. Excuse me, I was wrong:
    Go in the water, then use the flight simulator (Ctrl + Alt + A)
    and then it'll work 🙂

  24. 8) Me, it works.
    It must be activated in display "surface of the water".
    You must also activate "relief".

    I had not activated the function relief so it did not work ... Then you have to activate surface of the water, and there, when you approach the sea, you will see that it is in 3D, pretty enough to see , and then you can dive wherever you want!

    That's it, I hope I helped you ... at +