Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in an undersea restaurant located 5 metres (16 ft) below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in Alif Dhaal Atoll in the Republic of Maldives.
The 5-by-9-metre (16 by 30 ft) mostly acrylic structure, has a capacity of 14 people and is encased in R-Cast acrylic with a transparent roof offering a 270°panoramic underwater view.
The restaurant was designed and constructed by M.J. Murphy Ltd – a design consultancy based in New Zealand – and was opened on in April 2005, describing itself as the world’s first undersea restaurant. Food served in the restaurant has changed over the years and has more recently been described as contemporary
European with Asian influences.
Ithaa’s entrance is a spiral staircase in a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty. The tsunami which followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake topped at 0.31 metres (1 ft 0 in) below the staircase entrance, and caused no damage to the restaurant.
Going deeper underwater…here: