Google Maps and their Street View has been in the news a bit lately, and today we’re getting a look at one more exotic location. From the Galapagos Islands and beyond, now they’re going to remote locations unavailable to the general public. Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima, which was also the setting in James Bond’s Skyfall is in the Google Street View Trekker’s eye this week.

Google announced yesterday that they’ll be offering the Trekker program to 3rd party groups, instead of just those Googlers, and that started with the Islands of Hawaii. We’re starting to see a trend here, with Google showing us beautiful locations many of us will never get to enjoy ourselves. And for that, we thank them.

Today they posted a neat video (below) of Hashima, an Island that housed coal miners and industrail workers, but was abandoned back in the 1970’s. Since then it’s been deserted and only opened to the public in 2009. Most areas are still completely off-limits, yet Google was able to get behind the ropes and see it all. Which means we get to see it all.

Not only is Battleship Island a huge tourist attraction, but the ever evolving state of the land due to ocean winds and water it will never be the same. Even though it’s completely abandoned by civilization. For Google to get access to nearly every safe part of the Island, and capture these stunning images, it will be preserved digitally forever.

I don’t know about you guys, but all of these Street View videos just makes me want to take a vacation somewhere tropical. Find out more at the link below.

SOURCE: Google Blog