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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Resort in
Philippines/Anilao

Crystal Blue Resort: "Photography workshop in critter haven", Dec, 2014,

by Lisa C. Evans, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8616 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a photo workshop trip with Bluewater Travel out of Los Angeles. The destination is really outstanding for photography - the resort set-up and the diving was great for all the things that are relatively easy to shoot - nudibranchs, frogfish, eels, an amazing variety of crabs, etc. The dive guides are great at finding things - it's what they do. Dives varied from purely muck - and a large variety of those - to some coral bommies and some coral reefs (which were a longer boat ride away and the guides were a bit reluctant to go out there.)

Not many medium sized or big fish (I think the locals have eaten them all...) but tons of other stuff.

The one argument I had with the dive op was about environmental sensitivity. They ask how much you want the guide to do in terms of moving things, digging things out of holes, etc. I said "none" and was told I would miss things (so be it.) So I didn't really appreciate that aspect.

The night diving was spectacular. Day dives varied - but there were many really interesting sites.

Lodging was nice - the resort is built up a hillside (as are all the local resorts), so there were stairs (but a great view from the rooms!) The dining/common area was really pleasant, though the wifi didn't work very well. The food was absolutely wonderful - their chef was really exceptional.

I'll return to Anilao.

Websites Crystal Blue Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving GBR, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Lembeh, Caribbean, Red Sea
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Manila is easy to get to from the U.S. CBR will transport from Manila for a fee - 3 hours by van.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives aren't very deep. Dive times were long - 70 minutes common
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 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Beautiful new camera room with stations for each person with light, charging outlets, etc. Very nicely done, convenient to the dive op.
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