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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Dive Resort in

Crystal Blue Dive Resort, Nov, 2013,

by linda rutherford, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7440.

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

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 10 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 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
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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