When it comes to contests with amazing prizes, Airbnb is certainly bringing their A game. First, it was watching the solar eclipse from a transparent bubble, and now the rental service is offering three lucky winners the chance to spend three days and two nights onboard the Alucia – the oceanic research and exploration vessel that filmed BBC’s Blue Planet series. Guests will join an active research trip in the Bahamas, where they will explore the depths of the ocean in one of Alucia’s two submersible vessels.


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In partnership with BBC America, Airbnb is asking users to describe their ideal deep sea adventure exploring beneath the waves. The submissions with the most creative answers will be chosen to bring one guest to stay aboard the OceanX Alucia for three days and participate in an underwater exploration in one of two submersibles.

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Hosting the unique Airbnb lodging will be producer Orla Doherty, who will be on site to guide the winners through the experience, “Having spent 500 hours in the submarine and countless weeks at sea filming the deep sea for Blue Planet II, the Alucia almost feels like my second home,” Doherty said. “I now feel privileged to be able to share this once in a lifetime experience with promising ocean heroes and show them the wonders of life in the ocean.”

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While on board, the lucky winners will be able to explore ocean life under the seas through an underwater vessel, as well as talk with leading researchers from the expedition crew. The trip, which is scheduled for April, will set off from Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas, and end in Nassau, Bahamas. Airfare is included in the prize as is another two nights on a land-based rental.

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Lead photo © 2017 Luis Lamar, additional photos via Alucia Productions/Airbnb