Sleep with sharks: Airbnb unveils its first underwater bedroom
Published 29/03/2016 | 11:19
Airbnb has unveiled its latest Jaws-dropping listing - a bedroom inside the Aquarium de Paris shark tank.
The rental sharing website has already listed sleepovers in cable cars, converted planes and Ikea as publicity stunts, but this is its first underwater offering.
A 360-degree, transparent wall is the only thing separating guests from 35 sharks.
The room sits in three million litres of water within the tank, where two people will be welcomed by host, Fred Buyle, a world record-breaking freediver, underwater photographer and shark conservationist.
Buyle will provide a guided tour through the Aquarium, and provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of sharks: how they live, why they’re so misunderstood, and their importance to the ocean’s ecosystem.
Guests will also enjoy an intimate meal, with shark-tastic scenery.
So how can you sleep with the fishes?
Airbnb is listing the accommodation for the nights of April 11, 12 and 13 only. Guests must enter by competition on airbnb.co.uk/night-at/shark-aquarium, telling a little about themselves and why they should win by midnight this Sunday, April 3.
Airbnb will fly the winners to Paris from anywhere in the world, but successful entrants must be over 18 and medically fit. Together, the two guests must weigh less than 190kg and be able to climb in and out of the bedroom.
“We’re thrilled to be the first Aquarium in the World to offer this chance for people to be more than simply visitors, but to get such an ‘immersive’ experience,” said Alexis L. Powilewicz, CEO of Aquarium de Paris.
“Sharks are essential for the health of the marine ecosystem. If they were to disappear, it would be a major threat to the ocean’s ecosystem. It is therefore crucial to be able to observe them in order to better protect them.
Designed specifically for the Aquarium and tested in the Mediterranean sea, the submarine bedroom will live on even after guests leave, acting as a study area for biologists, whether or not they are divers, Airbnb said.
The structure will reduce the number of dives needed and therefore the emission of bubbles, allowing the biologists to observe a more natural behaviour of fish.