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 under the surface with Google Earth. The information is everywhere on the web: you can now explore the underwater world with the new "Oceans" function of the software. Well, I can't do it. I can't go underwater.

Updated [September 26, 2012]
Three years after this article was posted, Google Maps 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 magnificent. Nothing to do with the disappointing experience I had in 2009 with Google Earth and that I mention below...

 Where is the "submarine" mode?

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't do it...

I downloaded the new version, found the diving spots and the red Cousteau hat which gives access to videos. I followed the path of some whale sharks and found various environmental information around the sites of Sipadan and Similan. But no way to switch to underwater mode...

It sounded good, though...

I wanted to do some virtual dives before going to dip my fins in the Andaman Sea at the beginning of March... Apparently, for the areas I'm interested in (Thailand, Indonesia), the function must not be activated yet.

How's it going at home?

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  1. Well...I don't know if it'll work for me...because it's so cold here that I don't feel like getting into the water!!!!!Montreal, I don't know if I'll really be able to discover this city, my hands can't take the cold...yet, I don't think it's that cold: -15...Well, I've heard that it's going to warm up in a few days...we'll see...I'll just have to put my nose outside and see Montreal in a different way than through the underground passages!
    I hope you'll be able to dive virtually, because it does look pretty cool!
    Lots of love!

  2. Well, apparently there are only a few areas that are really active for this function, and not the ones I'd like... We'll see. In time, it'll get richer, I imagine, and we'll be able to really "dive" everywhere.

    The funny thing is to see how the buzz spread on the web, with everyone relaying the news without even testing the thing personally to see if it really worked... As far as I'm concerned, I'm rather disappointed.

    Good luck with the -15°C. As long as it's warm where you're dancing, you should survive!!!! All the best.

  3. I'm commenting myself ...

    I've just had a look at the Google queries that led people to my blog today. Clearly I'm not the only one having trouble going underwater with Google Earth. Loads 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
    - dive with google earth
    - how to dive google earth
    - i can't get into ocean function
    - google earth fashion soumarin
    - google earth seabed how does this market
    - how to explore underwater with google
    - how to explore sea with google earth
    - how to go in water google earth
    - I can't dive with google earth
    - how his walk explored the seas in google
    - google earth underwater - how does it work?
    - 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 nice enough, but the "underwater mode" is summed up in videos that talk about the underwater world... ❓

  5. @ Manta: I see we're at the same stage. Yeah, sure, it's nice all this doc about the underwater world, but hey. Not exactly what I was hoping for.

  6. Bigre, -4000 meters ???
    Indeed, I believe there is the Mariana Trench that can be accessed. I'm going to try again this weekend to go underwater there. But hey, if there's nothing to see...

  7. Hello!

    I've been reading your blog for a long time, but have never left a comment (I think?).
    I've also installed the new version of Google Earth, and I'm having the same problem as you... videos, photos, etc... are all there, but I can't dive in! What a shame! I hope we'll get somewhere!

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

    As far as Google Earth is concerned, the areas accessible in "underwater" mode are still limited in number, apparently. We can only hope that the software will gradually be enriched over the coming months!

  9. Hello, Alimata! Always relevant, your interventions ...
    Buzz-marketing on the net is great!

    PS. I don't know why, your comments land, every time, in moderation... I swear you're not in my blacklist though!!!!

  10. The marketing guys at Google are too good at it 😆
    They managed to get their v5 downloaded and updated in record time, making the whole planet believe that with this version you could see the seabed as well as the land surface.
    They royally advertise 1000 "filmed sequences", but given the surface area of the oceans, that's not much per km²... 😳
    By the way, I've been told by a well-placed person at GG that they're preparing a version 6 in which we'll be able to visit the underground of our beloved planet and even go to the center of the earth 😀
    Allo Jules Verne ❓

  11. 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 don't understand the point. Nothing to see but blue.

  12. @ Tony: I don't think it's you who's having a little trouble, it's the software...

    @ Momo: It seems to me that you have even more bugs than everyone else! Either you need to activate other settings (?), or Google Earth is incorrectly installed and you need to redo the operation, or your computer isn't powerful enough...

  13. @ Siratus: Yes, a real catch, this story of "diving under the sea" with Google Earth!!!! Bah... Let's forget it. In the meantime, happy REAL diving!!!!

  14. Well interested in the ad, 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)

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

    If you want, here are the coordinates of Atlantis, the buzz there was a short time ago (denied by the managers of earth, it would be only lines supposed to help boats) here it is:

    31° 24′ N
    24° 26′ O
    here it is


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

      52°09'42,532″ N
      13°13'12,69″ O

      latitude 52.1616667
      longitude -13.22

  16. @Bibing: Thank you for these indications, which will be of great help to all those who, like us, are wondering how to go underwater with Google Earth. But I still say, since there's not much to see for the time being, that this ocean exploration function is a catch-all!

  17. I succeeded in moving the "thing" at the top right, well you can't see much but I can see the surface above me.
    Good luck to you

  18. ❗ I made it ❗ ❗ ❗
    Activate "relief" at the bottom of the practical information section in the left-hand menu.
    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) 😆 😛

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

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

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

  22. 8) Me, it works.
    The "water surface" display must be activated.
    You also need to activate "relief".

    I hadn't activated the 3D function, so it didn't work... Then you need to activate the water surface, and when you get closer to the sea, you'll see that it's in 3D, which is pretty nice to see, and then you can dive wherever you like!

    Well, I hope I've helped you... à+.