Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, has today revealed its most jaw-dropping listing to date – a bedroom surrounded by one of the largest natural wonders on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef.
Unveiled in partnership with Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory, the much-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo, the floating apartment offers the first-ever chance to live at the Great Barrier Reef where the movie is set.
Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by their host who spent much of his life growing up on a boat on the Reef. Alongside a dedicated team of marine biologists, the Airbnb host will give guests a unique insight into life on the Reef.
Set directly above a spectacular underwater world, the offshore bedroom is the ultimate base for keen snorkelers and scuba divers.
Spanning over 130,000 square miles (similar to the size of Japan, and nearly as big as the state of California), the Great Barrier Reef was the first coral reef to be awarded World Heritage status and Airbnb is committed to its ongoing preservation.
Airbnb Australian Country Manager Sam McDonagh said: “The opportunity to live at one of the most spectacular places on earth, even if just for a night, is not just about experiencing the unrivaled beauty of the location, it’s about understanding how humans can better help and support this special environment.”
“Airbnb will plant mangroves, salt marsh and wetland plants for every guest visiting the region for the rest of the year. These trees will reduce carbon and improve water quality going out to the seas and reef,” McDonagh said.
Airbnb will also contribute to an ongoing tiger shark tagging project run by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. “Tiger sharks are nearing threatened status so understanding how these animals use the ocean is a critical step toward effective conservation of the species,” McDonagh said
Guests at the Great Barrier Reef listing will feel the pull of the unknown when they peek over the edge of the coral shelf and take in their neighborhood, home to not just Dory, but to 100 species of jellyfish, 3,000 varieties of molluscs, millions of fish, 133 varieties of sharks, rays and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins.
Once guests have found their sea-legs, they’ll have the chance to take the plunge and explore the Reef’s maritime marvels up close. World-renowned chef Neil Perry AM will also be on hand for the experience, preparing meals from sustainably-sourced local seafood and produce.
Airbnb promotes a more efficient use of existing resources and is an environmentally sustainable way to travel. See more on the environmental impacts of home sharing.