There is a contest being described as a “bucket list” type of opportunity that is gaining buzz online. Courtesy of Airbnb, the contest offers four guests the chance to spend the night inside two bedrooms, with a total of three beds in the entire house. But this is no regular house near the shores of the Great Barrier Reef. It is a home actually floating atop the Great Barrier Reef. The contest gives those who wind up as winners the opportunity to live and breathe one of the world’s seven natural wonders up close and personal.
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It’s not the first time Airbnb has had interesting listings on their website. Folks in Chicago can stay in Van Gogh’s Bedroom for only $10, a bargain that is usually booked for months on end.
The Airbnb page shows a photo of the floating house atop the waters of the Great Barrier Reef and includes explanations of why people might want to take the leap and stay there for one night in Australia.
“Imagine living atop a coral garden beside a sand cay in a billowing reef home on the Great Barrier Reef. You feel the pull of the unknown when you peek over the edge of the coral shelf and take in your neighborhood–home to 600 types of soft and hard corals, 100 species of jellyfish, 3,000 varieties of [mollusks], 500 species of worms, 1,625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins. And somewhere, beneath you, is the most famous Blue Tang in the world.”
Beyond the descriptions of the type of sea life that winners of the Airbnb Great Barrier Reef contest can expect to see, the host of the contest explained how excited he is to share the location with his guests.
“Hi, I’m Pascal Datler and together with my parents, we’ll be your hosts for the night. I’ve been called the Mowgli of the Sea and a modern day Huck Finn, but really I’m just a kid who’s spent most of my childhood on the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve caught fish for my family, encountered sharks, and respect the ocean and all its creatures. There’s so much to see and explore in the ocean and we’re excited to show you what it’s like to live on the Great Barrier Reef.”
The family who wins the Great Barrier Reef adventure from Airbnb won’t have to scrounge around for food in or around the coral garden. Instead, chef Neil Perry, a famous guy in Australia, will prepare a delicious late lunch for the winners.
Additionally, the family won’t have to worry about navigating the Great Barrier Reef on their own. Pascal will take the contest winners on a scuba dive into the famous Reef.
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In order to enter the contest, people are asked for a simple explanation about why they want to visit the Great Barrier Reef. The “Night at the Great Barrier Reef” contest explains that they will email the winner after June 30. As long as the contest-winning hopefuls sign in with their Airbnb account and meet the other requirements listed on the “Night at the Great Barrier Reef” page, they can enter to win.
The judges will then pick the best contest submission from a person who explains why they, along with three of their guests, are the most worthy to visit Great Barrier Reef.
The winners will receive travel coverage in economy class to and from Cairns, Australia, for four people along with their night’s stay at the Airbnb listing on the Great Barrier Reef. They’ll also get additional Airbnb accommodations in Cairns on July 12 and July 14 — with July 13 and July 14 scheduled to include time on the Great Barrier Reef.
Snorkeling, scuba diving, lunch on a coral sand island, and more is included. The prize is worth $30,000.
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