Porthole’s Five Faves
Under the Sea
Made by man and normally found on land, these intriguing attractions really are better down where it’s wetter.
Cruising, as you know, is an incredible option for exploring the surface of the planet. If it’s the undersea world you’re interested in, cruise ships are still the way to go, transporting you to some of the most fascinating underwater attractions. Reefs, riveting creatures, and even rivers are all natural and captivating, but manmade structures are an enticement all their own. Behold our five favorite underwater attractions to experience:
The Underwater Room, Manta Resort, Zanzibar
The deep diving around Pemba Island is some of the best in all of Africa, so it makes sense that one of the premier underwater lodging options would be found here as well. While plans have been announced (and teased) for underwater hotels from Dubai to Fiji, The Underwater Room is a glorious reality, with a surface-level lounge area welcoming guests. Climb a ladder upstairs to sunbathe or stare at the stars, or head downstairs where a double bed and near-360-degree glass surrounding offers the ultimate in comfort and underwater views. Unique peeping toms include batfish, trumpet fish, squid, and octopi.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives
Elsewhere in the Maldives, Conrad Hotels & Resorts boasts the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. Ithaa, which means “mother of pearl” in Dhivehi, sits 5 meters (16 feet) below the surface off the beaches of Alif Dhaal Atoll and serves indulgent lunches and six-course contemporary European dinners.
— Rico Bronte
Photos: The Manta Resort, Vanuatu Post, Francesca KIX D’Errico, Huvafen Fushi/Minor Hotel Group, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant