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Dive Review of Crystal Blue Resort in
Philippines

Crystal Blue Resort: "Good for MACRO", Apr, 2015,

by Helena Soler, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 8419.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The only negatives here are the long bus ride from Manila and getting on and off pangas for diving. But the DMs do a great job of carting your gear and helping where needed to prevent injury.
Water tended to be a bit cloudy and we had surge/current on a couple of dives making photo ops challenging. But the macro life was great and we saw so many species that are different in the Caribbean. Frogfish, nudibranchs, pipe horse, for instance. And the crinoids and soft coral are very beautiful. The urchins, shrimp, sea stars are all different too. And we saw lots of small and medium size fish. The variety of nudibranchs and anemone fish were my favorites.
Websites Crystal Blue Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Florida, Channel Islands
Closest Airport Manila Getting There Direct from LAX on Philippine Air--very convenient

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Pretty shallow dives so not relevant. Long dive times limited by air consumption!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments A beautiful photo room with individual carrels and charge plugs was very clean and air conditioned. Never seen anything like it! Close to the boats so easy to get ready or adjust gear if necessary.
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