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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Can't find the information you need?

Drop us an email at info@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 info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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Reviews (15)

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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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If getting there is half the fun, then being there is worth the trip. CBR is a wonderful place to be for diving and underwater photography.

Mike Bartick (otherwise known as Sir Mike of Blackwater) and the entire staff at CBR made this a trip to remember. Mike is a super enthusiastic individual willing to share his knowledge of the local critters and underwater photography. His enthusiasm for diving extends to the entire dive team from the hard working guys on shore through to the boatmen and our dive guide (Pong).

Diving is all from boats with a maximum of four divers per boat. My wife was concerned when she saw an image of the narrow ramp to board the boat, but that concern quickly faded the first time we boarded. The boat crew handles the loading of all dive gear and camera equipment. All of the dive sites were within a 20 minute ride.

Not to be missed is the option for the Blackwater night dive. A line is extended from a surface float with lights every 15 feet down to about 75 feet. Floating in then dark of night while in sight of the line and waiting for the strange night critters is an amazing experience.

And there are lots of critters. In other places we have visited the question my wife asks is usually ‘are we going to see a frogfish and a seahorse?’ Seahorses on almost every dive. As for frogfish, it is not how many you are going to see, but how many varieties on each dive.

For underwater photographers the camera room is well laid out with a separate station for each person including ample plugs to charge batteries.

Accommodations are quite comfortable. The resort staff is extremely accommodating and friendly. Service is excellent throughout.

The food is served buffet style with plenty of fresh choices at every meal. Always a good meal to be had.

When diving is done, take advantage of the spa for a very relaxing massage.

Transportation to/from Manila airport was easy. We arrived in Manila on a 4:00 AM flight and a driver was waiting for us as soon as we exited the arrivals area. It is about 2.5 hours from Manila to the resort.

Visited on 05/2019 - Submitted on 05/10/2019
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CBR is by far the best photography dive destination I've ever visited. The camera room is second to none and Mike Bartik is a master teacher and a wealth of knowledge on the critters in this area. I have three criteria for a good dive resort. The room needs to have a comfortable bed, air conditioning and enough water pressure to get shampoo out of my hear. All three were met.

The resort has one of the the most efficient diver operations I've experienced and the dive guides are expert critter finders. All of these things combined with an outstanding chef, excellent service and super friendly environment have moved CBR into the ranks of one of my favorite places to go. I absolutely plan on going back.

Visited on 04/2018 - Submitted on 05/11/2018
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We attended the Anilao Underwater Photo Workshop in April 2018. This was our first photo workshop experience and first trip to the Philippines. From my first contact until the very end my experience with Adam at Blue Water was great. In addition to the time at Crystal Blue Resort, we added a trip to Tubbataha. Adam made all of the arrangements, did lots of trouble shooting, and made sure that our needs were met.

Crystal Blue Resort was great. Every single staff member was attentive and as helpful as possible. I cannot say enough about how wonderful every one was. The hotel has many steep steps. Any time staff saw me on the stairs with some thing in my hands someone came to carry for me. There was a water cooler very close to our room and we filled our water bottles with cold water several times each day.

The rooms were well maintained and clean. The food was plentiful and always a good variety. I LOVED the fresh fruit that was always available and the desserts were wonderful and very creative. Dining room staff were attentive and accommodating. Wifi was available in the dining room/classroom area and worked well.

The workshops were well run and organized. The photo reviews were very helpful. Mike Bartick has a really good sense of humor and is easy to listen to. His knowledge base is amazing.

The camera room was also amazing.... every photographers dream. We are used to boats and resorts that treat cameras like an after thought. We were well and truly spoiled.

The diving did not disappoint. We were able to see the critters that Anilao is famous for. Our dive guide and boat men were outstanding. The dive guide found multiple unique critters on every dive. He was consistently patient while the photographers took the time they needed to get the perfect shot and made sure each person had something cool to see. The boat men handled cameras and scuba gear with care and made it look so easy. We appreciated the very low guest to dive guide ratio (3:1) that allowed us time for the photography. We did have a few dives in very heavy current that were more challenging than I would have liked.

We had a wonderful experience with both Blue Water and Crystal Blue!

Visited on 04/2018 - Submitted on 05/10/2018
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Crystal Blue Resort is a great place for muck diving, especially for photographers. I went to the resort for 11 days in January 2018. They pick you up at the airport In Manilla and drive you for 2 to 3 hours to the resort. The resort is on the smaller side, creating a nice personal atmosphere. Some of the rooms are a hike up steps (I was at the top of the stairs) so if you prefer not to climb stairs keep that in mind when picking a room. The mattress are very firm. It seems to be the norm when traveling to this area of the world. Mosquitoes can be bad. Bring bug spray. They burn incense in the halls at night which seems to help. At night dogs barking and roosters can be heard at times. I am a light sleeper but you do get used to it, plus I was so tired from all the great diving it didn’t seem to matter. There is a wonderful camera room for photographers. This is really a great place for any macro photographers.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. They remember your name and the kitchen staff even remembered where I preferred to sit and what I preferred to have to drink. I was pleasantly surprised with the food. Often at dive resorts the food is less than desirable. Not here. The food was outstanding. The diving staff was amazing, tending to our gear, finding lots of interesting critters, and even helping me with my photography. The dive boats are very comfortable and well organized. I hope to go back to this resort. I highly recommend. it.

Visited on 01/2018 - Submitted on 05/04/2018

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