Ithaa, which means mother of pearl in Dhivehi, is a mostly acrylic underwater restaurant secured five metres below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in Rangalifinolhu, Maldives. The five-by-nine meter restaurant has a capacity of 14 people and is encased in R-Cast acrylic which is a transparent acrylic roof offering a 180° panoramic view. The restaurant was designed and constructed by M.J. Murphy Ltd. – a design consultancy based in New Zealand – and was opened on April 15, 2005. Food served in the restaurant has evolved over the years and is now best 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 out at 0.31m below the staircase entrance, and caused no damage to the restaurant.
In April 2010, to celebrate the restaurant’s 5th anniversary, it was made possible to sleep in Ithaa for the night if the restaurant was not booked for dinner. The restaurant is also used for private parties and weddings.