The food at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is quite tasty—we suggest the pan fried Maldivian white fish with fennel sauce and curry. But diners here don’t pay much attention to what’s on their plate. They are too captivated by this underwater restaurant’s 270 degree view of crystal blue water and vibrant marine life.
If you do order the white fish it is very possible you’ll be doing so while white fish (other white fish, presumably not the one about to be your meal) swim a few meters from your head. You’ll also spot sharks, sting rays, grouper, turtles, cichlids (see comment #2, below) and a whole host of tropical fish. After some time here it is hard not to feel like a marine creature yourself, connected to that rich undersea world hidden from land dwellers. The experience will be especially profound for people who have never scuba dived, though even for longtime divers there’s something romantic about eating here.
You needed not be a scuba diver, or swimmer of any sort, to get to the Ithaa Undersea. The way to the restaurant consists of a walk to the end of a pier and then a descent down a spiral staircase. After you eat you might feel soaked by the bill—a lunch for two will set you back around US$120. Even that those prices you’ll need reservation a place at this 14-seat restaurant in advance.
The Ithaa Undersea is part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, a gorgeous luxury resort spread out over two islands in the Maldives. We suggest having lunch, not dinner, at the Ithaa (it is closed for breakfast) because the prices are cheaper and the watery view is at its best when the sun is shining.
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