Maldives is one of the most magical places on earth. If there’s anything apart from its world class accommodations and clear blue waters that adds on to it, it is an exquisite dining experience. By exquisite, we don’t just mean a beachfront candlelight dinner. We mean the breathtaking underwater restaurants in Maldives!
Quietly sitting below sea level, offering pristine views of the underwater world through glass windows and ceilings, these restaurants truly redefine the meaning of underwater dining. Take a glimpse at this list of six underwater restaurants in Maldives.
1. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Ithaa is one of the most famous restaurants in Maldives. It is also the world’s first underwater restaurant that’s made completely of glass! The restaurant sits five metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the surrounding sea life.
The set lunch and dinner menus, along with a wine concept, showcase local flavors with Western influences. They are also open for mid-morning cocktails, and are available for reservations for private events such as birthdays, weddings and special occasions.
2. Subsix, Niyama Private Islands Maldives
Subsix is not just an underwater restaurant, it is also an underwater nightclub! Built 6 meters below water, getting here is an adventure in itself. After taking a speedboat, you’ll make your way to your table by descending a three-tier staircase lit by dramatic chandeliers. You’ll be enthralled by the mermaid theme and decor – ocean blue lightning, low hanging capiz shells and anemone-like armchairs.
You’ll also be happy to know that Subsix is one of the most pocket-friendly underwater restaurants in Maldives. So dive into champagne breakfasts, subaquatic lunches, gourmet dinners and glow parties alongside the theatre of the reef!
3. SEA, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
SEA sits on the ocean floor and is also the world’s first underwater wine cellar. Apart from its spectacular range of wines, SEA will also take you on a fine gastronomic journey that celebrates the freshest seafood, choice cuts and sublime desserts. Taking the Maldivian dining experience to the next level, you’ll also get to watch sharks, turtles and tropical fish swim by as you savour your meal.
Look forward to enjoying menu highlights such as Lobster Salad, Scottish Salmon, Sea Bass, Chocolate Bomb Explosion and more. If you have young kids, SEA also has a kids menu, and even offers infant dining!
4. 5.8 Undersea, Hurawalhi Island Resort
5.8 Undersea is Hurawalhi’s star attraction, and also the world’s largest all-glass underwater restaurant. To see the restaurant in its best light, go for dinner as you get to admire the surroundings in daylight as well as the change of scenery at sunset.
The restaurant offers set menus that change according to seasons and their chef’s culinary experimentation. Its exclusivity means that there are only eight tables, each only seating two, and guests have to be above 15 years old. An experience at 5.8 Undersea comes with a pretty hefty price tag, but the experience will be truly unforgettable.
5. Minus Six Meter, OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
M6m, as it is lovingly called, is without doubt the jewel in the crown of the fine dining experiences available at OZEN. This specialty seafood restaurant showcases beautiful underwater views which you will enjoy alongside your exceptional meal. Set below the blue lagoon, the restaurant offers glimpses of the shells, sea turtles, and other exotic marine life.
A piece of good news if you are staying at the OZEN for more than four nights – you get to dine at the restaurant for free! And if you’re planning to propose, M6m is able to elaborately plan the whole process with you. Psst… They’re a proposal hot spot in Maldives!
6. H20, You & Me by Cocoon Maldives
You & Me is a pretty new resort which exudes romance, making it a one of the most popular getaways for honeymooners. An adults-only resort, it features gorgeous villas, free flow champagne, and an intimate fine dining designer restaurant, H20. The restaurant is fully underwater, treating diners to a 360-degree view of the incredible marine environment, while dining on gourmet cuisine unique to the Maldives.
H20 is also relatively affordable compared to some of the other underwater restaurants on this list. But that doesn’t mean that it is low-end – in fact, it is anything but that. You’ll be blown away by the sumptuous gourmet quality with a full menu of choice delicacies. Think King Prawn Bullion, Maldivian Lobster Tartare, Sea Bass and more!