Crystal Blue Resort

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Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao

 

Crystal blue Resort, Philippines

Mabini, Batangas, Philippines | Full board + 3 dives from $247++/ppn

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Crystal Blue Resort Quick Pitch

Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao, offers spectacular diving, amazing macro photography, knowledgeable guides, incredible cuisine, and comfortable ocean-view accommodations.

 

Quick Information  

  • No of Rooms: 17
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, camera room with over 20 stations, large dive locker, Jacuzzi, massages, bar and more
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Nearest International Airport: Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes, surcharge
 

 

How to Get There

Crystal Blue Resort is located in the heart of Anilao known as Bagalangit, Mabini, Batangas, Philippines. Transfer from Manila to Crystal Blue Resort is easily arranged. The land transfer from Manila to the resort will take about 2-1/2 hours. Pickup can be from either of the two Manila airports (International or Domestic).  

 

Dive Overview

Colorful reefs and incredible macro life.

[Read More: Anilao Dive Travel Guide]

  

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Accommodations

Crystal Blue Resort Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Crystal Blue Resort Accommodation Overview

The resort offers deluxe rooms, superior rooms, and a large family villa

 

Family Villa 

  • Crystal Blue Resort Anilao
  • The Family Suites include two separate rooms with queen-sized beds. Air con for each room, a dining table, family area with center table and chairs, a private bath with hot and cold shower, refrigerator and is fully air-conditioned.

 

Superior Rooms 

  • Crystal Blue Resort Anilao
  • The Superior Rooms have their own private baths, hot and cold shower, dining table, closets, 2 queen beds with comfortable sheets, and fully air-conditioned. The balcony/lobby offers spectacular views of the property, ocean and sunsets.

 

Deluxe Rooms 

  • Crystal Blue Resort Anilao
  • Featuring either one queen or two single beds with dining table, closets, private bath, air-conditioning, and balcony/grassy lobby.

 

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Resort Facilities

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Crystal Blue Resort Anilao

The resort is on a hill and involves climbing stairs

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Restaurant Lounge Area (LEFT) & Spa (RIGHT)

 

Crystal Blue Resort Features 

  • Jacuzzi
  • Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shop
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Camera room

 

Crystal Blue Resort Food & Drinks

  • The chef's specialties are seafood, continental, oriental and Filipino cuisine, prepared in a professional grade kitchen.
  • The food is served buffet-style and includes two to three choices for every lunch and dinner.
  • Coffee, tea and free-flowing water from our fresh water filling stations are always available in the dining room.
  • Hot water kettles are available in the office.
 

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Crystal Blue Resort Activities 

  • Scuba diving
  • Hiking
  • Island hopping
  • Kayaking
  • Spa treatment
 
 

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Package & Rates

Crystal Blue Resort Dive Packages & Rates

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crystal blue resort Dive Packages

Price is per person in USD based on the occupancy indicated and your choice of air fill or Nitrox. Holiday season 10% surcharge applies Dec. 1st - January 1.

Package

SINGLE TRAVELER

COUPLES

Airfills 21%

Nitrox32%

Airfills 21%

Nitrox32%

3 night lodging with 8 dives

1,097

1,129

716

748

4 nights lodging with 11 boat dives

1,489

1,523

969

1,013

5 nights lodging with 14 boat dives

1,881

1,937

1,221

1,277

6 nights lodging with 17 boat dives

2,273

2,341

1,473

1,541

7 nights lodging with 20 boat dives

2,665

2,745

1,726

1,806

8 nights lodging with 23 boat dives

3,057

3,149

1,978

2,070

9 nights lodging with 26 boat dives

3,449

3,553

2,230

2,334

10 nights lodging with 29 boat dives

3,841

3,957

2,483

2,590

11 night lodging with 32 boat dives

4,233

4,361

2,735

2,803

12 nights lodging 35 boat dives

4,625

4,765

2,988

3,128

13 nights lodging 38 boat dives

5,017

5,169

3,240

3,392

14 nights lodging 41 boat dives

5,409

5,573

3,492

3,656

15 nights lodging 44 boat dives

5,802

5,978

3,745

3,721

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Dive Package Inclusions

  • Full board in Deluxe Room accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, water
  • Daily guided boat dives as indicated
  • Air tanks

 

Dive Package Exclusions

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Massage
  • Land excursions
  • Dive center gratuities
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Manila Airport pick up $115/way/van; Batangas pier pick up $80/way/van
  • $35 add on dives including Night or Mandarin dive
  • Blackwater dive: $55/dive (2 or more divers)
  • Solo Blackwater dive - $70/dive
 

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Drop us an email at bookings@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!  

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Dive Information

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Dive Overview 

In a tropical, oceanside setting, Crystal Blue Resort finally offers a finer quality of lodging perfectly placed to experience Anilao's excellent scuba diving and underwater photography opportunities. 

Crystal Blue Resort is conveniently located in front of Arthur's Rock Marine Sanctuary where scuba diving enthusiasts can have their once-in-a-lifetime underwater adventure. 

You as our guest can enjoy the unparalleled beauty right under the Anilao sea.

The dive boats go out in the morning for two dives. After lunch, a single-tank afternoon dive is offered, with the option of a night dive. Most of the diving is to 70 feet or less, and dive times of 70-minutes or more per dive are common. 

 

Crystal Blue Resort Anilao

 

Marine Life 

The reefs in Anilao are very rich - home to abundant marine life.  Anilao is not a place to visit if you're looking for pelagics, but is heaven for macro photographers. 

Divers can expect to find more nudibranchs than they could ever photograph in a single trip along with common sightings of blue-ringed octopus, frogfish, Ambon scorpionfish, pygmy seahorses, lionfish, hairy squat lobsters, mantis shrimp, harlequin shrimp, boxer crabs flamboyant cuttlefish and many more reef creatures.

There is a wide variety of hard and soft coral, sponges and reefs patrolled by schools of anthias. 

Wide-angle photographers will find stunning, colorful reef-scapes, a wreck, batfish and even resident school of jacks. 

Those who are lucky will find some of the rarer critters, including bobbit worms, hairy frogfish, wonderpus octopus, pipefish and even rhinopias.

 

 

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Dive Center Information

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Crystal Blue Resort Dive Center Overview 

Diving with Crystal Blue is a pleasure. Their valet-style approach means you don't need to handle your gear - the crew will have it on the boat ready to go for each dive.

Dives are made from the traditional Filipino bangkas (double outrigger boats) that accommodate 4 divers plus guide, driver and crew member. All dives are conducted as guided dives at Crystal Blue and our sought after guides are the 

best in Anilao. Professionally trained to find critters, assist photographers and coordinate dive sites throughout the day and are trained to current PADI standards.

The dive locker is large with ample space for the staff to rinse dive gear daily and hang wetsuits. It also has an outdoor hot and cold water shower as well as dedicated camera rinse tanks. 

 

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Practical Information 

  • Electricity: 220 volts
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Languages: Filipino & English

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us bookings@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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Reviews (19)

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Crystal Blue Resort is perhaps the best place anywhere for amazing macro photography. The inimitable Mike Bartick not only manages the resort but also offers amazing advice and help with every guest's photography. He is at the cutting edge of macro and blackwater photography, and the resort, located in Anilao, the Philippines, is rich in subjects. The diving operation is very well organized, the guides are excellent, and the camera room is amazing. Every detail has been thought out.

The resort offers nice rooms, well air-conditioned and clean. The food is very good and healthy. It could use more variety, but overall it is fine. The facility is set up against a rather steep hill, and the steps up to the rooms can be a bit tricky, so care must be taken. It's a pretty easy trip, non-stop from LAX to Manila, overnight in an airport hotel, and a 3 hour drive to the resort the following morning.

It's a great place, and I hope to return soon!

Visited on 03/2021 - Submitted on 03/13/2021
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Crystal Blue should be on everyone's bucket list. My wife and I have been to Crystal Blue twice. The staff is well trained and tend to all of the divers needs. The accommodations are well maintained and when we reported some issues with our air conditioner and water heater they were repaired immediately. The meals are plentiful and delicious. The resort offers a good selection of items at each meal and the servers make sure all of your needs are taken care of. The dive staff is amazing. The divemasters can find things so small you cannot see them with a magnifying class. They are geared to assist photographers and knowledgeable of all the local marine life. On one of our night dives our divemaster found a pair of harlequin shrimp and I think he was more excited than I was. The dive deck offers plenty of space for everyone and the equipment is very well maintained. The photo room offers spacious work stations in a climate controlled environment. Mike Bartick, the resort photographer, is an excellent resource with all photographic questions. He can assist with composition, equipment, and shooting techniques. I have made several dives with him and he is a major asset to the resort. I have plans to return to Anilao and Crystal Blue once the COVID restrictions have lifted.

Visited on 01/2017 - Submitted on 03/11/2021
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A well-oiled machine from pick-up at the airport to the diving operations. Tanks are filled and waiting for you at the pre-determined times. Dive guides take into account what critters guests would like to see.

The photo workshop offered by Blue Water was top notch. The camera room is the best set-up I have ever seen. Everyone has their own cubby area for charging and cleaning.

The resort is built into the side of a hill, so be prepared if you have mobility issues. Lots of stairs from the diving area up to the rooms.

Food was buffet style and there was lots of different selection for each meal.

Visited on 05/2019 - Submitted on 04/10/2020
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We Just got finished doing a photography workshop with Bluewater travel at Crystal Blue Resort. I can’t praise this place enough for the wonderful job they did in hosting us all. The staff from the front desk to the dive shop were so organized and helpful. The food was amazing at every meal. The rooms are very comfortable as well as the main common areas. The diving was spectacular and we were able to scratch many species of aquatic life off of our bucket lists. Their dive masters are superb at spotting the smallest of creatures. I would highly recommend anyone that enjoys dive to visit this place.

Visited on 12/2019 - Submitted on 12/14/2019
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Overall value was exceptional.

I was there for an underwater photography workshop, so spent a bit more time with the photo expert, Mike Bartik, than I otherwise would have if I were just going as a solo diver. He's a great guy and loves to share his knowledge. I learned a ton and really improved my underwater photography in just the 7 days I was there. If you ask Mike to give you constructive criticism, you get it. He doesn't tend to sugar coat things. If you're thinned skin, I could see him possibly coming across as harsh, but for someone like myself who is constantly trying to improve their photography, his criticism was invaluable.

The camera room is top notch. Everyone has their own individual cubby where you can setup your gear, leave equipment, etc and not worry about it between dives or be in anyone's way.

I've generally always had good boat crews, but this boat crew stood out. All of your gear was taken care of. You just had to get yourself to the boat for each dive. After the first day, your camera was loaded as soon as you brought it from the camera room, unloaded as soon as you landed, and your mask, fins, and BC were already setup and waiting on the boat.

Our dive guide, Jomer, was an all star dive guide. I was able to photograph a subject for 90% of every dive. If we wanted to see a particular critter (pregnant pygmy seahorse or brooding jawfish for instance), it was either the next dive or on the list for that day. As long as the divers communicated among themselves prior to the dive, we never felt rushed underwater. If I wanted to spend an entire dive with 1 subject, I could.

As for the accommodation, I rarely ever care about having a luxury room on a trip like this. I'm literally only in my room for 8 hours a day to sleep. So I just need a comfortable bed, a place to keep my things, and hot water for a shower. This didn't disappoint in that regard.

Aside from our feast on the last night which was phenomenal, I'd say the food was average. It was buffet style, so usually always had a steak, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian option. Nothing was bad, but then again, I wasn't asking the chef for their recipe either.

Visited on 05/2019 - Submitted on 05/21/2019

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