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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Dive Resort in

November, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by linda rutherford, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
750+ dives worldwide, primarily Indonesia, Micronesia, Fiji, Malaysia, and
the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 10    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
the dive guide followed us as we took photographs and assisted us in seeing
more in the areas that we were, as opposed to making us follow him.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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towels cover cameras on boats; fresh water rinse back at dock; nice camera
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3 stars
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Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao, Philippines

We stayed for 14 nights in October/November 2013. This resort is an
inexpensive, relaxed location for muck diving and small critter diving. We
saw trevally and a small school of jacks, otherwise few big fish. Diving
the offshore islands is the reason to go there.

The tragic "super-typhoon" just passed by yesterday, so we
skipped diving yesterday and but not today. The typhoon went south of us,
and we are on the west coast, not the east, where they got a direct hit
with 200 mile an hour winds. Due to heavy rain for 24-hours yesterday, we
skipped diving. After which, our guide selected spots that would be least
likely to have rain-runoff---the tiny offshore islands. 

The best time to go to the Philippines is said to be in April/May. November
is described as the second best time to go. July to October are rainy.
Typhoons come July through December. Based on this November, you should
avoid early November here.

From the Manilla airport to the resort, the drive took 3 hours with a brief
stop in Batangas at the "HyperMarket" to pick up snacks and wine.
While the resort is not luxurious, it works well because it was designed
around dive facilities. 

The hotel could be categorized as 2.5 to 3 stars. There is no pool or even
lounge chairs for suntanning after a dive. I am not a sun worshipper, but I
could have enjo ...
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