Google Maps Adds Panoramic Underwater Imagery; Indoor Maps Expands to France; Chile and Croatia Imagery on Street View

Google Maps adds the first underwater panoramic images--that enable you to explore and experience six of the ocean's most incredible living coral reefs in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. Starting today, you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef […]

Google Maps adds the first underwater panoramic images--that enable you to explore and experience six of the ocean's most incredible living coral reefs in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii.

Starting today, you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset--just as I did on my first dive in the Great Barrier Reef last year.

You can also find out much more about this reef via the World Wonders Project, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online.

Google says in partnership with Catlin Seaview Survey, to make these amazing images available to millions of people through the Street View feature of Google Maps.

Check out the complete underwater collection here, featuring a Google+ underwater Hangout from the Great Barrier Reef. And you can always explore more imagery from around the world by visiting maps.google.com/streetview.

Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with the first underwater imagery in Google Maps

Google Maps' Indoor floor plans and directions on Android-- today, expands its coverage to include popular French venues. "We've worked with more than 50 French venues, including shopping malls, retailers, airports and museums, to have their indoor floor plans appear on Google Maps for Android," Google stated.

Now, you can navigate your way around like a pro. And, using "My Location" feature that works indoors, "you can easily figure out if you're close to the shop you're looking for, the escalator that will get you to the right gate, or even the nearest ATM or restroom," Google added.

For a list of locations for which indoor maps are available, check out this Help Center article.

Start your indoor adventure visiting here!

Explore indoors in France with Indoor Maps on Maps for Android

Google Maps Street View adds imagery of Chile and Croatia cities include: Concepción, Santiago and Valparaíso. In Santiago, "you can discover the Mercado Central in Santiago and see why this tourist spot was named one of the world's ten best in its class."

Since launching the Street View feature of Google Maps in 2007, "we've captured imagery from more than 3,000 cities and 40 countries around the world. Chile and Croatia are just two of the newest locations people can explore in the Street View feature of Google Maps," Google posted.

In Croatia, "we've mapped many towns and cities; from the bustling city centre of the capital Zagreb, to picturesque coastal towns like Split and Dubrovnik," Google added.

Visit maps.google.com/streetview to learn more.