Who doesn't enjoy unique experience when traveling? For an unforgettable dining experience, visit one of these spectacular underwater restaurants. Contrary to what you might assume, underwater dining options exist for travelers of every budget—from the family-friendly Coral Reef Restaurant located within a theme park to the ultra-high-end Al Mahara Restaurant located within Dubai’s most famous 7-star resort. Stunning and unusual, these quite literally unbelievable restaurants promise an amazing time for their guests.
1. Al Mahara - Dubai, UAE
As one of Dubai’s most lavish restaurants, the Al Mahara is 100% dedicated to offering the most immersive and luxurious under-the-sea experience possible. A simulated submarine ride begins the experience, followed by a meal of seafood accompanied by an excellent wine selection. In October, the restaurant will reopen under the culinary patronage of English chef Nathan Outlaw, who plans to bring a new take on the renowned restaurant’s food profile.
Address: Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
2. Poseidon Undersea Resort - Fiji
While the Poseidon Undersea Resort is still being constructed, when completed, it promises to offer some of the most incredible underwater dining experiences in existence. The resort will be situation within a 5,000-acre coral lagoon, and guests will access the resort through a tunnel system. While the resort will be pricey, upon its opening, the hotel and its restaurant will quickly become some of the most coveted reservations in the world.
3. Coral Reef Restaurant - Lake Buena Vista, Florida
What better place to eat “Under the Sea” than next to the largest inland saltwater environment ever built, which also happens to be located inside one of the Disney Parks? 4,000 plus sea creatures swim alongside you during your reasonably-priced meal. If you’re lucky, you might see a scuba-diving Mickey swimming alongside the creatures!
Address: Epcot's Living Seas Pavilion, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
4. Utter Inn - Lake Mälaren, Sweden
Located in the middle of a lake not too far from Stockholm, Utter Inn is another underwater hotel that offers unique dining experiences. The hotel only holds two people a night—employees bring you out to the hotel located one kilometer from land, can bring you dinner by boat, and then leave you alone to explore your surroundings.
Address: 722 12 Västerås, Lake Mälaren
5. Red Sea Star - Eilat, Israel
Day or night, guests of the Red Sea Star Restaurant and Bar located in Eilat, Israel can enjoy a unique culinary experience almost 20 feet below the Red Sea. The restaurant is large, seating up to 105 people at once, and is accessible via bridge.
Address: Eilat, Israel
6. Cargo Hold Restaurant - Durban, South Africa
For a slightly more nautical take on the underwater dining experience, visit the Cargo Hold Restaurant in South Africa. The restaurant, built inside a replica of one of South Africa’s most famous ghost ships, is a part of the uShaka aquarium. A menu focusing on seafood keeps the theming consistent.
Address: 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point Durban 4001
7. Jules Undersea Lodge - Key Largo, Florida
Enjoy scuba diving? The Jules Undersea Lodge is accessible only after a 21 foot dive below the surface of the sea. While the structure is stocked with the usual luxuries found at hotels, including hot showers and a well-stocked kitchen, the highlight of this experience is opting for the pizza delivery dinner option.
Address: Jules Undersea Lodge at Key Largo Undersea Park, 51 Shoreland Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037
8. Ithaa, Rangali Finolhu - the Maldives
For a world-renowned undersea experience unlike any other, pay a visit to Ithaa. Descend 16 feet below the Indian Ocean via staircase for incredible views of sea life, including sharks! Seating just 14 people at once, visiting this restaurant offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to get up close and personal with their surroundings.
Address: Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island 2034
This article was written by Kaitlyn Lannan.
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