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

Crystal Blue Resort, Mar, 2013,

by Dan Clements, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 6904.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We are planning on returning to Crystal Blue. There is a maximum of four divers per guide, and the photo subjects and corals are outstanding. Plus, Anilao is exceedingly easy to access: 2 hours south from Manila.

I also saw a post that mentioned garbage in the water. We saw very little, much less than Dauin and Dumaguete, for example.

Really an outstanding spot. Only negatives I could see is that this is definitely a resort for divers: not much to do if you are a non-diving spouse. Also, no pelagics or large fish.
Websites Crystal Blue Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving British Columbia, Washington, California, Florida, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean, Florida, Bahamas, Oman, Dubai, Italy, Turkey, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Galapagos, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None: we could dive out own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments I am an underwater photographer from the Seattle area, and we found the setup for underwater photographers excellent. There is an outstanding camera room that Mike Bartick designed, and it is great.

I saw some comments about not having rinse buckets on boats. We had one on ours, but we very rarely rinse equipment on board, and instead wait until we are back on land. I have seen more floods by people leaving cameras in rinse tanks than in the water.
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