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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Resort in
Philippines

Crystal Blue Resort: "Excellent diving, emphasis on photographers, better service if big SLR", Oct, 2019,

by Susan Molchan, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 11340 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 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Beautiful resort with excellent food, very helpful staff. Camera room is amazing, temp controlled and over a dozen stations set up with power source. It’s definitely a photographers resort as advertised. That said, if you don’t have a seriously large camera system, divemasters make less of an effort, and the manager also caters more to those w cameras —plans for a black water dive for my buddy and I (and others) were dropped to accommodate others on a night dive. The black water was re-scheduled but it when the dive master kept going deep (to burn air to get out soon? ) That was my impression any way. I usually stay 20 -40 ft on black waters unless a reason. When we hit sand at 70 feet it was clear it wasn’t a black water dive at all. We saw an interesting octopus and jelly’s, a few cool juvenile fish.
Beautiful reefs especially around Sombrero Island. Some wear and tear from divers and to see divers—inevitably Japanese-- literally laying on coral (3 of them across one large formation—elbows, legs—all pointing cameras to some small creature in the middle of them was very disturbing to US divers. They grabbed prices of live coral to steady themselves on the wall. No divemaster was concerned about this and did nothing to stop it. There was also a fair amount of plastic wrapper trash in the water. It soon became clear that there was too much to make a difference if you pick up a few pieces so no one was. Lots of nudis, varieties of sea cucumbers, frogfish, pipefish (the mushroom coral pipefish my fav, and other really cool critters—hairy mauve little squat lobsters. Cool wreck w leaf fish, large batfish school
Websites Crystal Blue Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Maldives, Galapagos, Palau, Yap, all over Caribbean & FLorida, NC
Closest Airport Manila Getting There 4 hour drive from airport, hotel shuttle

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]No rinse buckets on boats
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