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Crystal Blue Resort

Certificate of Excellence
Anilao, Mabini, Luzon, Philippines
Crystal Blue Resort
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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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Mission Viejo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I went to the Anilao area for the diving and videography. CBR offers an excellent resort to do this. The entire staff is committed to give the best possible dive experience. The 'camera room' is great. Each guest has his/her personal work station to setup their cameras. The dive area is spacious to get dressed and hang gear to dry.... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I had the opportunity to spend 10 days in Jan 2015 at CBR to participate in an UW photo workshop. I have to say from the outset that I am more a liveaboard type diver than landbased. However, my time at CBR has realigned my thinking.From the pickup in Manila to the time I left CBR the resort ran like... More 

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Livermore, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and I stayed at CBR for 6 nights with another couple. Transportation was arranged by the resort and worked very well. We were picked up at the airport late at night and couple hours later we arrived to the resort. The resort is situated on the hill. Rooms are on the top, Front desk and restaurant/bar area, going... More 

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