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Airbnb contest offers stay in floating apartment on Great Barrier Reef

By Ben Hooper
Airbnb contest offers stay in floating apartment on Great Barrier Reef
An Airbnb contest is offering a night in this floating apartment on the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of Airbnb

SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 (UPI) -- Accommodation-finding site Airbnb is celebrating the release of Finding Dory with a contest to win a night in a floating apartment on the Great Barrier Reef.

The website said the winner of the contest and three friends will receive accommodations for one night in an apartment featuring a master double bedroom and two bunk beds above the Great Barrier Reef as well as a diving session with the studio apartment's host and meals prepared by Australian chef Neil Perry.

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Participants are required to write a 50-500 character response to Airbnb's request: "Tell us a little about yourself and why you and 3 guests belong on the Great Barrier Reef."

The website lists some rules for the lucky winners:

• No clownfish jokes.  • Protect the anemones.  • Speak like a whale.  • Try to find the giant clam.  • Spot all 13 resident sea turtles.  • If you fall out of bed, don't forget your mask.  • Don't bark at the seals.

The contest was timed to coincide with the June 17 release date of Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory, the sub-aquatic sequel to 2003 smash hit Finding Nemo.

"Imagine living atop a coral garden beside a sand cay in a billowing reef home on the Great Barrier Reef," Airbnb said on the contest page. "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 molluscs, 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."

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