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 

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  • 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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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. 

 

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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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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
El Segundo, CA
United States
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I had a great time at this resort! The diving was excellent, even right after a big storm, which is when I was there. A great mix of colorful rich coral reefs and critter hunting muck diving. Four dives a day and small boat to diver ratio which was great. Food was excellent, buffet style meals with a good mix of food types and styles. The room I was in was very comfortable, except I could barely get my shower door open and closed which was a pain. Had a blast and TOTAL would go back for more! All the guides were super knowledgeable and helpful, resort staff was nice and friendly, overall it was a great trip.

Visited on - Submitted on 01/11/2014

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Thank you for your great response!

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Costa Mesa, CA
United States
5
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5
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Crystal Blue Resort is a wonderful place for a diver who wants to see small unusual things. One must remember It is located in a developing country and it is not the Four Seasons. From the time you step away from the airport, the staff of the Crystal Blue Resort will wrap you will Philippine hospitality. Their driver was at the curb waiting for our arrival to whisk us away to diving paradise. It was a 2.5 hr drive to the resort and the driver made us as comfortable as possible in the tropical heat . A bathroom stop was carefully selected for our safety. If my plane wasn't delayed, I would have been diving that afternoon.

The lodging is very comfortable and adequate for our needs. You rarely spend any time in your room if you plan on doing 4 dives a day. Our room was located on the 3 floor with no elevators. The dive operations are effectively sub level, so there were a lot of stairs to climb. We spent most of our time in bankas (dive boats), the restaurant, camera room, and lounge. The camera room was amazing and well used. They didn't put air conditioning in it so your camera won't fog up when you get in the water.

Diving was in 84 degree water with limitless clarity. Nudibranchs are plentiful as well as crustaceans. The largest thing I saw was a turtle and the next was a territorial trigger fish which the guides expertly escorted us away from. The reef scenes are colorful with tunicates and crinoids. Sites were different and varied and could be completely different at night. There is wall diving, wreck, reef, and muck diving. Dive operations are efficient and organized. You are assigned a dive boat and guide for your entire stay. Guides will search out critters for you. It is country club diving at its best, you only have to lift your camera, everything else is done for you. Even changing your tank.

Food was hearty and good. Vegetables and fruits are plentiful. With all the stair climbing and diving, I ate like a horse and got really toned!

The staff was very attentive to our needs and were able to schedule massages and laundry for us. I never left the resort and felt completely safe and well taken care of. All my sightseeing was from my dive boat.

My time there was a photo class so we spent lots of time with the resident expert on tips for better pictures. We had classes after lunch and after dinner lectures, so by the end of the trip my pictures were pretty good!

Visited on 05/2012 - Submitted on 01/17/2014
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Northridge, CA
United States
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I went in 5/2013 and stayed at Crystal Blue Resort. This is the first far east photo workshop I had ever attended and my first time to this part of the world, if that helps with my perspectives.
I landed in Manilla and was promptly greeted by CB staff. I had dressed appropriately as the airplane was cold, but it was hot and humid in Manilla. We waited for other divers to arrive on flights that were close to mine and then got in the van to head to CB. This is a 3 hour ride. I love a good adventure and this was. Once at CB you are off the beaten path and there is no place to go get anything easily. The staff did run out at times during the week, but things you think might be easy to come by like toiletries that you are accustom to are likely not available. The resort does have some things but, BRING WHAT YOU NEED.
The resort staff was VERY friendly and happy to help in any way they can. The resort for lack of a better way to say it is built on a cliff. This means there are stairs involved to go anywhere. If this is an issue, you might want to ask for a room as low as possible. As for me I stayed on the highest level which had spectacular views of the South China Sea.
I know you want to hear about the diving; WOW! I dropped into the water for the first time (84-86 degrees) and saw a hundred creatures I hadn't know existed until they were staring me in the face. During nine days there was opportunity to dive four times daily and I only skipped one dive, however I saw many others taking many more dives off. This was hard work compared to working on you tan. This was advertised as a macro trip, however there is life everywhere and potential for plenty of spectacular wide angle shots too. If you want to know more about variety of photo opportunities make sure you check out Mike Bartick's photos. During the time I was there I saw no large subjects.
The room was very cozy, and after diving all day I probably would have slept anywhere on anything but the bed and room were plenty comfortable. Hot water was spotty some days, however when it's in the 80's or 90's how bad off can you really be.
All food was made there in the kitchen and there was plenty of healthy wonderful food of varying diversity to please all. I heard nothing but rave reviews during my nine days and felt the same.
This trip was a wonderful opportunity to see creatures that I had never seen before and haven't see since. The staff and dive masters (especially Freddy) are amazing and if you are ready for a little adventure this is a great choice and a superb value.

Visited on 05/2013 - Submitted on 02/01/2014
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I stayed at the Crystal Blue resort in Anilao in early 2013. It was a 10 day trip, and outstanding in many ways. Foremost, there's a large variety of marine life. I saw more critters here than in Lembeh (also a top notch destination). But having lots of life and finding them are two different things. To help in the finding, CB had great guidesOn almost all the dives we had two guides for our boat of four divers. By the time we finished photographing one subject, they had spotted another. So there was never a break in the action. As for the conditions, most of the "muck" was crumbled coral. So unlike Lembeh which was mostly silt, where the bottom got stirred up, it settled quickly. And as for the resort, Crystal Blue was great. Friendly staff, fine rooms, and good variety of food. Only down side was that the wifi was slow and unreliable.
I would definitely go to Anilao again, and CB is a proven resort for me.

Visited on 04/2013 - Submitted on 02/13/2014

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