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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Resort in
Philippines/Anilao

Crystal Blue Resort: "Loved Crystal Blue and Anilao", Mar, 2017,

by Annette Lohman, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9843.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Went to Crystal Blue Resort with a large group of photographers looking to do some muck diving and photograph critters over 10 nights. The resort is well run and laid out on a hill with seven levels. Rooms were small but comfortable and bathrooms were modern with spacious showers. My dive buddy and I had a room on the top level. Others have mentioned that it is a bit of a climb and my dive buddy, who has arthritis, struggled a bit. If you have similar issues, be sure to request a lower level room. For me, with multiple trips up and down the steps each day, I certainly got my daily aerobic exercise! Massages were inexpensive and very good. For the first time, I actually indulged and had three massages on one trip. Food was excellent, varied, and plentiful. (Good thing I had the steps to go up and down to work it off.) Dive guides were excellent. Ours was a bit of a character who worked and worked to find us critters. To take advantage of the bottled water available throughout, one needs to bring ones own personal water bottles to fill. Mike Bartick gave a couple of talks on photography techniques which I found very helpful. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Websites Crystal Blue Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Southern California, Indonesia, Bonaire, Roatan, Mexico, Philippines, Bonaire, St. Croix, Solomons, Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Truk, Palau.
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Fly into Manila. Three hours by van to the resort

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 77-79°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 75 minutes or so.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Great camera room with workstations for everyone. Excellent set up. Close to the boats.
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