It seems everything related to Planet Earth, Airbnb, and BBC Worldwide turns to gold. So, when the three iconic brands collaborate on a single endeavor, it’s no surprise that it’s going to be amazing. If you’ve ever wanted to vacation like James Cameron — think exploring the Bahamas in a deep-sea submersible — your dreams could soon be a reality.
Winners in the Airbnb Night At Blue Planet II will win a three-day, two-night stay aboard a world-class exploration vessel, OceanX’s Alucia. The journey is designed to give the everyman a taste of what life is like on a working ocean expedition.
Most of the time will be spent topside, chatting with Blue Planet II’s producer, Orla Doherty, but the big get is the chance to travel like a deep sea researcher more than 1,000 meters beneath the waves off the coast of the Bahamas. Winners will venture below the surface — searching for unique marine life typically only seen in a David Attenborough special — first-hand in a state-of-the-art submersible.
The contest is part of Airbnb’s wildly popular Night At series, which routinely gives away stays at some of the world’s most amazing and unique “hotel rooms.” We’ve previously covered the Night At Denmark’s LEGO House, a Night At the Guinness Storehouse, and Airbnb’s collaboration with Audi for a test drive in Death Valley.
It’s all, of course, a rather clever PR campaign to promote the premiere of BBC Worldwide’s Planet Earth: Blue Planet II. The new series is a return to form for the legendary broadcast company who debuted the critically acclaimed, award-winning Planet Earth in 2006. The first show in the new series aired in the U.S. on January 20; subsequent shows can be found on BBC America Saturday nights at 9/8c.
The Blue Planet II contest is live now on Airbnb. Entrants need only share their ideas for the ideal deep sea adventure in 550 characters or less by Saturday, February 10 at 7 a.m. EST. Three entries will be chosen, and the expedition will take place April 4-8, 2018. Two nights aboard the Alucia, two nights at an Airbnb before and after the excursion, air and ground transportation, and all meals will be covered. Just pack the Dramamine and remember that skinny dipping is strictly forbidden (really, that’s part of the rules).
Feature image courtesy of Luis Lamar.