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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Resort in

April, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Philippines: Anilao and Tubbataha, Japan: Zamami & Yonaguni, Papua New
Guinea, Solomon Islands, Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Alor Archipelago,Palau
Fiji: Nai'a, Turkey: Kas & Fetiye, Caribbean, Cozumel,Belize, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None -- dive your computer and use common sense.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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There was a separate camera room at the resort with individual cubicles
which were well lit and had several outlets.  Lint-free towels.  
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Anilao beckoned once more, and I could not resist a return trip to the land
of Nudi's and other esoteric critters.  No disappointments!

April and May are good times to dive Anilao...the driest and best
visibility.  There was a slack week in April at Crystal Blue Resort and my
dive buddy and I grabbed it, with the help of our go-to agent Katie Stoyka
at Reef and Rainforest.

Glenn, my dive guide, is among  the best I have ever encountered.  We were
three divers on his banca who were used to diving our own profiles, and he
encouraged it  all the while keeping an eye on each and pointing out the
most esoteric of creatures and nudibranchs.  He quickly learned each of our
favorites and  often found them for us.   He also took our preferences for
dive sites into consideration unless there was too much of a chop or
currents too strong. The boat followed us closely when there was current to
drift and otherwise remained close-by, helpfully hauling the gear into the
boat before we used the ladder.  There were two dives in the morning and
one or two in the afternoon (including night dive), depending upon divers
wishes; hot chocolate and cookies were served during the interval.  Water
temperature was a constant 79 degrees, air in the mid-80's.  Dives ranged
in depth from 19'-89' and times from 60 to 90 minutes.  I could have stayed
down longer, but got a little chilled after consecutive dives.

Dives varied from muck close to shore, to less frequent sites with colorful
coral.  Currents, some with a washing machine effect, played havoc with
some of the dives and prevented others.   I had a beautiful  dive at Coral
Gardens and Arthurs in a 1-2 knot current, drifting past tightly bunched
colorful soft  ...
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By Natasha Smith in ON, CA at Feb 19, 2015 11:35 EST  
Thank you for the information about single rooms!
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