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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Resort in
Philippines/Anilao, Batangas

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Carl D Scott, TX, US
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Report Number 6248
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Thailand, Palau, and various Caribbean destinations
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Good sense  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
This resort is very photographer-oriented, thus has a set of rinse tanks
far away from the rest for cameras only.  They were building a camera room
during my visit, should be finished by now.  Boat, however, only had a
small shaded deck to place camera between dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Great macro, over-priced everything.  First, the diving.  Visibility was
low, as a result of it being at the tail end of the rainy season.  Sediment
and algae was on all shoreline reefs, but they say it is consumed quickly,
once the rains stop.  Macro subject matter was outstanding.  Logged no less
than 28 different species of nudibrances in 8 dives, plus frogfish, weedy
scorpionfish, mimic octopus, 3 different species of seahorse, and much
more.  Not that many tropicals, and big fish were pretty much non-existent.
 Corals were so-so, just scattered bommies, for the most part.  Not a
recommended destination for the type of diver who just loves to cruise and
enjoy the scenery, but truly great for macro.  Staff was great, guide very
capable in all regards.  However, at USD $53 per dive (averaged, with
nitrox premium of $10 on 5 of 8 dives), it is anything but a bargain in
this part of the world.  Great diving can be had in other parts of the
Phils for just a little more than half that.  I might also mention that the
boats are very basic, but typical of the Philippines.  No shade for the
divers, so what's with the luxury prices, anyway?

Now, for the resort.  While the staff and their attitude were absolutely
divine, the accommodations were spartan.  At USD $86 per night, it's truly
a rip-off.  Equivalent or better accommodations with at least equivalent
diving can be found in other areas and nearly half that price.  Rooms are
small, with a simple bed and small "armoire", what they might
think is a small desk, and a small table with 2 chairs on the veranda. 
Bathrooms worked OK, but have what must be years of soap scum accumulated
on shower walls and plumbing fixtures.  My guess is that the staff simply
was never shown by its Californian owner how to clean a bathroom.  However,
if you are on the 2nd floor, the ocean view, including a sunset view, is
great.  Another important consideration - all resorts in this area are on
the side of a mountain, so be prepared to climb steps!  I counted 68 steps
from the dive center to the 1st level, 91 to the 2nd.  Not easy for those
who are not in top physical condition!

The restaurant - Food was good, prepared by a trained chef with a great
attitude, always eager to please.  However, this is not a place to diet! 
Food was served in great abundance, and calorie counting is not in their
vocabulary.  I was asked what I wanted for breakfast the first day, but
each morning thereafter, I arrived to find the "breakfast of the
day" waiting for me (had to tell them no Spam after it appeared on my
plate!).  Again, great attitude.  Dessert is almost mandatory. In the
restaurant, prices were much more reasonable, but they did nickel and dime
you for every tea bag . . .

In summary, if the prices were in line with the local economy, this would
be a place I'd return to, provided they learn to clean the bathrooms! 
Cannot say enough nice things about the staff, though.  However, I think
I'll be selecting another destination for my next visit to the Phils.
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