New Virtual Dive Gallery puts the
Underwater World of the Keys in
Everybody's Reach!

May 2017

Photo of the Aquarius Reef Base. The world's only underwater research lab lies in Conch Reef Research Only Area.. Click for high resolution image

 

Can't get to the Florida Keys? Don't snorkel or SCUBA dive? Thanks to the wonders of 360-degree photography, plus virtual reality, the underwater treasures of the Keys are now as close as your smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. These virtual dives lets any user have a SCUBA diver's perspective of many popular dive sites along the Keys just as if you were there in person.

The Sanctuary Virtual Dive Gallery is web-based and easily viewed on any computer or mobile device with internet access. No special app or software is required to view the images. Using a virtual reality headset in conjunction with a mobile device will enhance the virtual reality experience though.

By sharing these underwater experiences, we’re bringing the public up close and personal with the incredible resources the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects. These special places might be out of sight and mind most of the time, but beneath the ocean’s waves exist vibrant marine habitats, amazing sea creatures, and relics of our nation’s maritime history.

So what are you waiting for? Dive in — and be sure to check back often to see new virtual dives.

To access the dives on a smart phone, text the message, "fknms", to 24587 and follow the link in the response.