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Unlike Google's challenges collecting images on terrestrial earth, its underwater exploits don't need to worry about litigious homeowners or governments angry that the company was also capturing Wi-Fi data.

Armchair tourists got one step closer to really never having to leave the house with today’s launch of Google Map’s underwater panoramic images for popular dive spots in Australia, Hawaii, and the Philippines. The Street View display allows users to navigate among the marine life and delicate reefs thanks to Google’s custom-built cameras and some assistance from the Catlin Seaview Survey.

Considering this is Google it’s quite a small set of entries, as if perhaps the search giant is just testing the waters. The set includes two maps each from Wilson Island, Heron Island, and Lady Elliot Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; Molokini Crater, Maui and Hanauma Bay, Oahu in Hawaii; and the Apo Islands in Dauin, Philippines.

Google’s promotional video, below, takes the user from shore to reef:

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