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Crystal Blue Resort

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Anilao, Mabini, Luzon, Philippines
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dove with Crystal Blue during the "off" season (early August). I was 1 of 3 total divers in the property at the time. The weather was perfect, and the visibilities were good. After diving in Palau and Micronesia and seeing large animals, Anilao definitely gets my vote of "best" for having the most diverse, color and vibrance underwater! The... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've recently been at Crystal Blue Resort for 3 days. It was low season (end July) and few tourists were around. Me and my girlfriend have had really a good time. The resort is clean, the staff is very friendly and the quality of diving in Anilao (this was our first time in this area) is very good! We have... More 

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New Westminster, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I have been to Crystal Blue on two occasions, and both proved the effort and positive attitude of the staff and Management. On this trip, I led a group of 14 Pacific Northwest divers, and they were not disappointed during their 10 day stay. Our transfers from Manila went off without a hitch. This is definitely a place for divers,... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My wife and I stayed for 11 days at CBR and had a FANTASTIC time. We were collected from the airport and had a 3 1/2 hour drive in the traffic and arrived at 9pm to a delightful meal. The accommodation was comfortable and clean with AC, all the staff – office staff, dining staff, boat staff and diving staff... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This resort is basic. The rooms are up on a hill - family rooms at the lower end. They all resemble a hotel room. Food was good - all served buffet style with several choices. Dive operation is somewhat unorganized. You never know when you are going to be driven back on the boat to the resort or dropped off... More 

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Mike B, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review as were always looking at ways to improve our property and all reviews are used to do exactly that. Im curious as to know what exactly went south during your stay as this is not the norm. The only reason our staff doesn't load and offload our guests dive gear and... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I attended CBR as part of the 3rd Underwater Macro Photographers meeting. In total there were around 28 of us attending what was to be 5 days geared towards diving and underwater photography. First off the rooms are comfortable, the food is excellent and the facilities for camera equipment are top notch. Each morning Mike Bartick gave a very interesting... More 

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Mike B, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort, responded to this review

Thanks Stewart for the nice words. The dive sites we visit are normally dictated by conditions . We try to visit the best dive sites for the guests during their stay at that times. Hope to see you again.. More 

Marquette, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The diving was quite good, the rooms were certainly adequate and the food was tasty. The dive shop operation was very good. The diving itself was pretty good. The Internet service was severely lacking when we were there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Second trip to Crystal Blue & I must say they are first class as a muck dive resort. The rooms are simple, clean and well kept, 2nd floor best view. Food excellent and no repeat meals over a 2 week period. 4 divers to professional, skilled, well trained guides. Dive shop is clean and well organized. highly recommend this resort... More 

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Crystal Blue Resort is in a class by itself! We LOVED it. You must like climbing stairs, because from the boat to our second floor room, it was 83 steps to climb! The resort is built on the side of a mountain, thus the steps. Bags will be carried to and from your room, for you. We had an all... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The resort is managed by Mike Bartick who made himself quite a name in underwater photography. The location (Anilao) is world famous amongst macro underwater photographers. Mike made the resort into a real paradise for UW photographers. One of the nicest camera rooms I have ever seen, a team of the best spotters, dives lasting 70 – 80 minutes (we... More 

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