Ithaa, the undersea restaurant



Cover image: Alexey Potov, Wikipedia Lets talk today about this cool underwater restaurant, Ithaa.
Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi, is 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 Maldive.
Pretty cool, everything's fine and nice until you feel a drop of water on your forehead. And then you gaze upwards to see a damn crack in the glass wall.
...was opened on in April 2005, describing itself as the world's first undersea restaurant.

What about the restaurant on Titanic?

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.
This stuff better hold that huge amount of water, cause if it cracks (Physics time: your head surface is approximately 15cm*20cm=300cm2=0.03m2, multiply this by 5m of waters above you, that is 0.15m3, multiply by water density that's 150kg) those 150kg, aka the wight of your mom will collapse on your head.
The tsunami which followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake topped at 0.31 meters (1 ft 0 in) below the staircase entrance, and caused no damage to the restaurant.
In other words, if that tsunami would have been 0.3 meters (or 1 ft for my American friends) higher, it would have flooded the restaurant. Which, in turn,  would have been known as Krusty Krab.

By the way, if you are wondering how they built it, I'll put it in a couple of words: fully built in Singapore, transported to Maldives, drowned & fixed to 4 vibro-hammered steel piles. (you dirty mind, vibro-hammer is an instrument used to drive piles in the ground)
The estimated life span of the restaurant is 20 years.
Which exceeds the life span of unvaxxed kids. Don't know what else to say, small article, small post ;) Will try to find something longer for the next posts. See you next time!