Next time you tell your friends you’re going to Australia, watch them turn green with envy when you say that you’re actually going to be living in a floating apartment at one of the largest natural wonders on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef. Yes, we said living, and not just visiting, because in what is possibly one of its most awesome listings to date, community-driven hospitality company Airbnb has announced a new property that allows visitors to live amidst the world’s largest coral reef.
The property has been unveiled in partnership with Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory, the sequel to the popular Finding Nemo.The floating apartment offers visitors the unique chance of living 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 guests will be given a unique insight into life on the reef. Set directly above an underwater world, the offshore bedroom is apt for keen snorkelers and scuba divers.
“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 unrivalled beauty of the location. It’s about understanding how humans can better help and support this special environment,” said Airbnb Australian Country Manager Sam McDonagh.
Spanning over 130,000 square miles, the Great Barrier Reef was the first coral reef to be awarded World Heritage status.
“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,” added McDonagh. The company 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.