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Using VR To Help Oregon Restore Public Access to Willamette Falls, The Nation's Second Largest Waterfall

Whenever we're involved with a project that focus on access to nature and parts of the world that the public either has never seen before or hasn't had access to in generations, we get all warm and fuzzy inside.

So when we were approached by the Willamette Falls Trust, who are working in conjunction with Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon, to help them bring to life their vision for restoring public access, for the first time in 150 years, to THE NATION'S SECOND LARGEST WATERFALL, we were beyond thrilled.

These are the kind of projects we live for….

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Miles Partnership & Superswell VR Do Oklahoma's Chickasaw Nation, the Kentucky State Parks & Visit Wichita in 360˚

Superswell VR couldn't be prouder to be working with Miles Partnership, "a strategic marketing company focused exclusively on travel and tourism."

Though it may have seemed quiet from the Superswell camp, it’s been anything but. Over the past few months, Miles Partnership contracted Superswell to help them on various projects across the nation.

It's quite exciting to see…

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Superswell VR's Sitka Center for Art & Ecology Campus Tour is Live!!!

Superswell VR, was insanely fortunate to be asked by the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology to produce a 360 virtual reality tour of their campus - a campus that sits at the trailhead of one of the most spectacular spots on the Oregon coast - Cascade Head.

The Sitka Center is a pretty impressive and special little place. With it's robust ecology & arts-inspired programming and its artist-in-residence programs and its location...oh its location...you couldn't find a better way to spend a weekend...or a week...or a month….

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Woohoo! Superswell VR is now a Trusted Google Street View Company!

We've got some pretty cool stuffs to share - Superswell VR has just been approved and classified as a Trusted Google Street View company. What this means is that if you're a business, destination or organization looking for exposure, as Trusted providers by Google, we are able to help you gain visibility quickly and easily by

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Superswell VR & ECO - Inspiring, And Getting Inspired By, Mother Nature's Future Stewards!

Some of the most important and purposeful work we can think of involves inspiring the future of our environment's stewards to learn about, care for, and share their care for, Mother Nature. And there's a local non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon doing just that - Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO).

Through both in-classroom ecology lessons and hands-on ecological enrichment programs, over the past 12 years, ECO has inspired over 20,000 elementary school students to connect to our natural world. TWENTY THOUSAND! What this insanely talented and dedicated group of creative and passionate administrators and educators have put together and managed to accomplish has been nothing short of incredible. Needless to say, Superswell VR cannot be prouder and more humbled to be working with ECO…

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Flirting With Mother Nature at Hotel El Ganzo - All in The Name of Art. A Mexico 360 Video Virtual Reality Experience (or Two)

“Welcome to Hotel El Ganzo!! 

We regret to inform you that we are expecting a tropical storm called Norma that is forecasted to become a category one hurricane during the night of Saturday, September 16th.

Hotel El Ganzo does not have a hurricane shelter...”

So this was the email we received from the client the night before our flights. What was supposed to be virtual reality video project entitled “A Perfect Day at El Ganzo" was quickly…

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Backpacking Olympic National Park's High Divide Loop in 360 Virtual Reality Video

Superswell VR co-founder Wasim Muklashy and a couple of his buddies recently backpacked Olympic National Park's High Divide Trail, an 18-mile loop that takes you through old-growth forests, sub-alpine meadows and valleys filled with alpine lake after lake and rivers and streams, rocky ridge-lines affording you a peek at Mount Olympus, and so much more.

Well, to save you a few mosquito bites and blisters…

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Telling The Forests' Stories In VR - Bringing Science Out Of The Labs And Into The Living Room

Science, nature, and a sustainable future are all topics that we hold near and dear to us at Superswell VR, so we could not have been more excited when the North American Forest Partnership invited us to their latest conference in Portland, Oregon to show their members what's possible in virtual reality.

In staying true to their mission of sustainability, the first day found us at the offices of Ankrom Moisan Architects, an architecture firm dedicated to sustainable and communal design, and on the second day…

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Let Us Introduce You to the Santa Monica Mountains. A Virtual Reality 360 Video Tour.

When Superswell VR co-founder and professional photographer Wasim Muklashy made the choice to move up to the Pacific Northwest he knew he had to pay homage to the Santa Monica Mountains - home to his beloved Topanga Canyon. 

"No question about it, that range played one of the most pivotal roles in the development from one version of me to another," Muklashy states. "From…

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Superswell VR + OutdoorProject.com = So. Much. Yes.

If you haven't noticed, we at Superswell VR like to get our adventure on, and when it comes to the outdoors, who better to team up with than Outdoor Project. Here's a recent hike we did to Oregon's beautiful Clackamas & Memaloose Falls in the Mount Hood Forest in, yup, full 360˚ virtual reality video. Ropes, mud, bridges, tunnels...this one had it all. So strap on your hiking boots, a couple liters of water, a snack, some sunscreen, and your VR headset and join us while we do it again...and again...and again...

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Enjoy Roskilde Festival, One of Europe's Wildest Parties, in 360˚

Roskilde Festival is Scandinavia's WILDEST party, and it's happening for the 45th time beginning June 24. If you're headed out to Denmark, or just curious what the experience is like, this one's for you. Come along for the ride as we explore one of the world's largest music festivals in 360 degrees!

If you've got a VR headset and want to check out the shenanigans we found ourselves caught up in at last year's festival, jump in via…"

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Dive Doug Aitken's 'Underwater Pavilions' in 360 Degrees!

The ocean is the most important ecosystem on our planet, and Doug Aitken isn't about to let us forget that. The internationally renowned contemporary artist has created "Underwater Pavilions," a traveling exhibit that you can only see by diving or snorkeling. The exhibit consists of three swim-in, swim-out sculptures that utilize a mix of rugged and reflective materials. Part of each pavilion is mirrored, surrounding divers with a kaleidoscopic seascape.

Produced by Parley for the Oceans and presented in partnership with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the work acts as a lens through which to view, experience and interact with the ocean terrain. The artist hopes…

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More Underwater VR Goodness - Doug Aitken's Underwater Pavilions

Well that was something! And a crazy fun something at that! Last week, the Superswell® VR team braved the Pacific Ocean's winter waters to capture a cutting-edge underwater sculpture exhibit in 360˚ VR video.

Superswell® VR's own Joan Jetsetter and Wasim Muklashy joined forces with Radiant ImagesDiving CatalinaCatalina ExpressSanta Catalina Island Company, travel influencer Breanna J Wilson and cinematographer Eve Cohen to capture Doug Aitken's brand-new installation, "Underwater Pavilions." The geometric swim-in, swim out exhibit was…

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360˚ Video Journalism At Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

By Wasim Muklashy

As a co-founder of Superswell® VR and producer of virtual reality and 360˚ video, I’m am completely and continually fascinated by the various applications of how this technology can be used. While we’ve been using this for a lot of travel content, I was recently asked by AJ+, a very popular millennial news source, if I had any interest in heading out to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to cover the Dakota Access Pipeline situations. 

360˚ video for journalism? I couldn't refuse.

If you’re not familiar with what's happening at Standing Rock, just Google “NoDAPL” or “Dakota Access” or “Standing Rock.” There’s no shortage of information. 

In a nutshell, a pipeline that is set to carry oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota through four states to Illinois is meeting resistance at a crucial juncture where it is set to cross the Missouri River. The pipeline was originally routed to cross the Missouri River about 35 miles north near Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota, but, and this part is crucial to note, residents feared it could threaten their water, so it got re-routed here … in Cannonball, North Dakota, on disputed Native American land less than a half mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where it immediately threatens not only the water supply of the Lakota Indians on this reservation, but also up to 17 million American residents downstream.

Additionally, the route of the pipeline has already destroyed sacred Native American sites and burial grounds, and is currently routed to destroy even more. 

Anyhow, the story has been gaining more and more international attention, and this experienced ended up being one of the most profound of my life. 

Click here to read the whole story, "My Stand At Standing Rock - Guns & Oil Have Driven Us Apart, Perhaps Water Is Bringing Us Back Together."

Denmark's Finest Spa Hotel?

Kurhotel Skodsborg is the Danish Rivera’s premiere health and wellness retreat, with a history that spans centuries. 

King Frederic VII of Denmark acquired the Skodsborg county estate in the mid-1800s to summer here with his wife, and vestiges of the past add both character and a sense of place to the property. The King’s Hall—where state meetings and banquets were held—has been painstakingly restored according to the estate’s original drawings, so it looks just as it did in the 19th century. You can spot the king's seal and a bust of the king himself if you look closely. 

In addition to…

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Ancient Sites of Huahine, Tahiti, in VR / 360 video

By Skye Mayring

Huahine may not be a household name like Bora Bora or Tahiti—that’s because this sleepy island in the South Pacific is one of Polynesia’s best-kept secrets. Formally home to Polynesian royalty, Huahine has the highest concentration of  pre-European marae (sacred meeting places) in all of Polynesia. 

See the ancient marae and learn about the ceremonies preformed here, visit the scenic shores where the Europeans first landed and find out where religion started on this island. Your local guide Manava with Island Eco Tours will share the culture of his ancestors with you, from tales of battles and human sacrifice to the folkloric birth of Huahine. 

Note: This is an immersive 3D virtual reality experience. For better results, view in a Google Cardboard using the YouTube app on your mobile device, or in the Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Internet Explorer desktop browser. For the best experience, please visit us on Samsung VR in your Gear VR headset.

 

Swim With Bora Bora's Reef Sharks and Sting Rays in VR

By Skye Mayring

Bora Bora’s lagoon has enchanted visitors for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. An ideal way to experience its legendary turquoise waters is with a full- or half-day snorkel safari with Lagoon Service. During the first part of the excursion, you'll find yourself snorkeling around coral gardens, teeming with tropical fish and getting an up-close look at endemic stingrays and even black-tip reef sharks. Don’t worry, they’re friendly. 

After snorkeling the morning away, your guide takes you to a private motu, or small island. Then it’s time for a lunch of Tahitian specialties, such as fresh poisson cru—the national dish of the Islands of Tahiti. This Polynesian dish is made with fresh coconut milk, raw fish, vegetables and fresh-squeezed lime. Watch as your guide shows you how to expertly prepare this meal at the water’s edge, and don’t forget to look down to see tiny fish swimming at your feet.

Note: This is an immersive 3D virtual reality experience. For better results, view in a Google Cardboard using the YouTube app on your mobile device, or in the Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Internet Explorer desktop browser. For the best experience, please visit us on Samsung VR in your Gear VR headset.

Bora Bora's Iconic Overwater Bungalows in 360°

By Skye Mayring

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the overwater bungalow with superswell VR's 360° video tour of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

What image comes to mind when you think of Bora Bora? Chances are it’s the overwater bungalow—French Polynesia’s signature accommodations that just happen to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Unlike a typical hotel room, the thatched-roof overwater bungalows of Bora Bora sit above turquoise lagoon waters. Each bungalow offers a glass-bottom feature, so you can actually spot tropical fish swimming beneath your feet. In this VR video, see the overwater bungalows of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa and other highlights of the resort including a canoe breakfast, beach activities and a killer sunset.

Note: This is an immersive 3D virtual reality experience. For better results, view in a Google Cardboard using the YouTube app on your mobile device, or in the Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Internet Explorer desktop browser. For the best experience, please visit us on Samsung VR in your Gear VR headset.