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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Resort in
Philippines/Anilao

Crystal Blue Resort, Apr, 2014,

by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 7575 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None -- dive your computer and use common sense.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There was a separate camera room at the resort with individual cubicles which were well lit and had several outlets. Lint-free towels. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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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