5 Underwater Restaurants in Maldives to Dine At in 2024
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Along with the magic of live coral reefs vibrant with colourful sea life, adventurous water sports, and stays at luxurious resorts, the underwater restaurant Maldives is famous for providing an amazing experience that you must not miss. Imagine sea turtles, multicoloured schools of fishes, stingrays, eels, and even sharks playing hide and seek with you, as you experience the flavour burst of exotic seafood and fusion dishes!

Prepared from sustainable sources local ingredients, cooked fresh with painstaking care, the lavish lunches and dinners are every gourmet’s delight. You can enjoy a wide variety of cuisines including international, Maldivian, fusion and more. The restaurants also serve the finest champagnes and wines to wash down your meals with, with wine-experts to help you select the best drink. Many of the eateries also serve breakfasts, and some double as nightclubs as well. You can also book some of these incredible spaces and make the important occasions of your life even more memorable.

Here are some of the best underwater restaurants in Maldives:

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Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

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Situated 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean, this all-glass restaurant is the world’s first undersea eatery. A part of the Conrad Maldives Resort, it offers 180-degree panoramic views of the surrounding coral reefs and the gorgeous marine life. The lunch and dinner menus feature exclusive delicacies prepared by blending local spices with Western flavors. You can also enjoy mid-morning cocktails at this exceptional dining destination if you feel like a more casual exploration of this extraordinary eating place.

Thus, it is undoubtedly a must-visit underwater restaurant Maldives boasts of, providing a one-of-a-kind experience. As you sample a four-course lunch or a six-course dinner comprising locally sourced seafood and Maldivian-European fusion cuisine, thousands of multihued fish, turtles, and stingrays will accompany you. Sometimes, you can also catch the glimpse of a shark floating overhead. You can also reserve this winner of three Global Awards at the 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards for weddings, private breakfasts, and other celebrations. 

Price: INR 13929/- per head for lunch, and INR 22859/- per person for dinner (including a glass of champagne)

Cuisine: European, Fusion

Location: Rangali Island in Alif Dhaal Atoll

Timing: 11 AM to 12 AM every day 

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Minus Six Meters

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Popularly known as M6m Underwater Restaurant Maldives, this resplendent dining place with silver-toned interiors offers the remarkable experience of dining deep inside the sea. If you stay longer than four nights at the all-inclusive OZEN by Atmosphere retreat at Maadhoo, you can dine at this exclusive restaurant free of charge.

The superior taste of the meticulously prepared seafood, prepared from the freshest of ingredients every day, is sure to delight even the most discerning connoisseur of food. The sea turtles, stingrays, and other animals with vibrant shells gliding through the emerald eaters leave you captivated. Apart from a five-course lunch or dinner, you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar upstairs or dig into a Champagne breakfast.

You can also book the space to celebrate your life’s milestones or for a special evening-themed event. The warmth and hospitality of the staff and their world-class service add to the experience. The location, 20 feet under the sea level, makes this destination surreal.

Price: Approximately USD 100 to USD 300

Cuisine: European, Seafood

Location: OZEN by Atmosphere, Maadhoo Island, South Male Atoll

Timing: 12 PM to 2 PM for lunch, and 7 PM to 10 PM for dinner 

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5.8 Undersea Restaurant

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If you want to visit the world’s largest underwater restaurant, Maldives is the place you must include in your holiday bucket list. Set at a depth of 5.8 meters below sea level, and hence the name, this restaurant is the ideal spot to dive into the pleasures of gastronomy. While you delve into an extensive five-course lunch or seven-course dinner, exotic marine creatures like moray eels, sharks, and fish in a kaleidoscopic spectrum of colours keep you company.

The menu lists sustainably sourced seafood along with mouthwatering vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. You can reach the restaurant from a pier at the Hurawalhi Island Resort followed by a long descent down a spiralling staircase.

The hypnotic views, combined with the minimalistic décor, and the intimate setting, create the perfect spot for a romantic evening with your loved one. Prior reservations are mandatory as this exclusive resort serves only two guests at each table.

Price: INR 17143/- per head for a 4-course lunch, INR 23571/- per person for a 7-course meal

Cuisine: International, Fusion, European, Seafood

Location: Hurawalhi Island Resort, Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island

Timing: Lunch - 12:30 PM onwards, Sunset dinner - 6:15 PM onwards, Moonlit dinner - 9:15 PM onwards 

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Apart from every experience common to an underwater restaurant Maldives offers, the SEA presents an underwater zoo that you can admire while you dine. And the encyclopedia of marine life featured at every table gives you fascinating insights about the creatures you can view.

Green turtles, clownfish, parrotfish, and butterfly fish swim by as you delight your taste buds with mouthwatering dishes that can give stiff competition to works of art in their presentation style.

You can savour delicacies like a Maldivian Lobster or a Japanese Wagyu as the part of a five-course lunch or a four-course dinner. Featuring the world’s first undersea wine cellar, a selection of wine aged over nine decades enhances the culinary pleasure and recommendations from their sommelier helps you pick the right wine to bring out the flavours in your food.

The restaurant also serves an exceptional breakfast. The glittering glass walls make you feel one with the magical world outside, three feet below the water sea surface.

Price: INR 14287/- per meal

Cuisine: International, Maldivian

Location: Kihavah Huravalhi Island

Timing: Lunch - 12 PM to 2 PM, Dinner - 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM 

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This restaurant allows you to experience the out-of-the-world charms any underwater restaurant Maldives offers even if you face budget restrictions. The meals, although priced reasonably, are scrumptious and fulfilling, making it one of the most visited undersea restaurants in the country.

Chairs shaped like sea anemones, a bar that is shaped like a clam, coral-like chandeliers that emit a blue glow, capiz shells strung from the ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows bringing the ocean inside create the enchantment of an underwater world. To reach this destination located twenty feet below the sea, you have to take a speedboat to a location 500 meters offshore.

Then you must go down three flights of stairs into the ocean, dramatically lit by abstract chandeliers, adding to the thrills of a dreamlike dining experience. It is also the site of the first underwater nightclub in the Maldives, offering the frenzy of weekly Glow Parties and DJ nights. Those who have a thirst for knowledge about aquatic life can quench their craving with lectures from marine biologists here.

Price: INR 5143/- for two

Location: Niyama Private Islands, Huluwalu, Dhaalu Atol

|Timing: Lunch - 12 PM to 2:30 PM, Underwater Glow party – 9 PM onwards every Wednesday and Saturday 

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People Also Ask About Maldives

  1. How many underwater restaurants are in the Maldives?

    In total, there are five underwater restaurants in the Maldives. These include:

    1. Ithaa, located at the Conrad Maldives Resort
    2. 5.8 Undersea, part of the Hurawalhi Island Resort
    3. SEA, at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas Resort
    4. SUBSIX, off the Niyama Private Islands
    5. M6m, part of the OZEN by Atmosphere

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  2. Which Maldives island has the underwater restaurant?

    The six underwater restaurants at the Maldives are interspersed across different islands. These include:

    1. Rangali Island in Alif Dhaal Atoll houses the Ithaa
    2. Hurawalhi Island, part of the Lhaviyani Atoll, is home to the 5.8 Undersea
    3. Kihavah Huravalhi Island is the location of the Sea
    4. Niyama Private Islands, Huluwalu, on the Dhaalu Atoll, is the address of Subsix
    5. Maadhoo Island contains M6m

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  3. What is the dress code in 5.8 Undersea Restaurant?

    The dress code in the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant is smart casual. Wearing only swimwear like bikini and swimming trunks is not permitted. Swim-shorts must be dry, and shirts should cover your waist. Men cannot wear sleeveless shirts for dinners in the evening. Moreover, the restaurant is a barefoot venue. You are required to take off your footwear before entering the premises.
  4. How do we make a reservation for dining at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant?

    Since seating is limited, it is essential to make prior reservations to dine at the 5.8 Undersea. You can download the app for Hurawalhi resort and make the booking in advance. Guests staying at Kuredu or Komandoo can visit the official website for making their reservations. There is a separate link at the website for guests staying at other Maldives resorts.
  5. Can we just visit 5.8 Undersea Restaurant for a look?

    The 5.8 Undersea offers an intimate dining ambience, with only a few tables for guests. Hence, only guests with a prior dining reservation can enter the restaurant. It is thus not possible to visit the 5.8 Undersea just to have a look at its splendour. You can make a booking and enjoy a delicious meal at this exotic setting.
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