Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

Put simply, Ithaa restaurant is very cool. Fine European cuisine served 16 feet below sea level, what more could you want? Ithaa, which means mother of pearl in the Maldivian language of Dihevi, offers guests a 180 degree panoramic view of the coral gardens that surround the restaurant.


On the surface, the restaurant doesn’t look like much, a thatched pavilion sitting peacefully above the water. However through the doors is a spiral staircase that takes you down to the gorgeous restaurant. First of its kind, Ithaa only seats 14 people, setting a very intimate scene.

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The restaurant serves a six course set dinner menu, a four course lunch menu and is also open for mid morning cocktails and can be booked privately for weddings, breakfasts and other special occasions. Whilst children are welcome at the restaurant during lunchtime, they are not allowed in at dinner.


Between its amazing destination, one of a kind design and gorgeous food, Ithaa is definitely on our bucket list. The restaurant only has a shelf life of 20 years, meaning by 2024 it will have to be rebuilt or closed permanently. Make sure to visit before then.


3 thoughts on “Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

  1. Hiya – Awesome post. What was on the menu and where was the kitchen? How come it will have to be rebuilt? Questions questions I know but its a pretty interesting article. Thanks for the post 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for enjoying the article! The food there is predominantly seafood based, really cleanly cooked. In terms of why it has to be rebuilt, its because of the fact that its underwater, so there is a lot of wear and tear that comes with that. Thank again for this message, its so encouraging!

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