Crystal Blue Resort

Crystal Blue Resort

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Crystal Blue is a year round dive resort in Anilao, Philippines. Our resort is focused on providing a superb platform for the professional or budding underwater photographer and divers. Our Camera facility, rinse tanks and dive decks are designed for organization, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our chef is waiting to create something wonderful to eat while discussing the days adventures. Our rooms are all AC and have wonderful views. We want your trip experience to be memorable and not break the bank, so while we provide all of these great amenities and more we do so at a value. The Philippines are a very special place and Crystal Blue would like to invite you to experience the one-of-a-kind hospitality that we are known for.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Snorkeling
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Air conditioning
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Filipino
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jlsttjt wrote a review May 2022
Minneapolis, Minnesota
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The moment I arrived, it was apparent the customer service would be excellent. I was always greeted with a smile and an offer to help. After settling in, we started our 1st class of Underwater Macro Photography Workshop. I am a very unexperienced photographer. The other students included a varied mix of talent. Our leader, Mike Bartick taught the program in a manner appropriate for all levels of knowledge. His explanations were very clear. Each day, we would all submit 3 of our photos taken the previous day. Everyone of us demonstrated improvement and learning. The workshop was well organized and presented.
The food provided was terrific. Something for everyone. Regional dishes were served as well as options for those not wanting to try something different. Many of the fruits and vegetables were grown on the property.
The diving was beautiful. The first dive I felt like a kid in a candy store. Didn't know where to look first. Our guides always made sure we were safe and knew where to look for creatures to photograph. The boat crew always took care of our dive gear and made sure it was properly set up.
Thanks to Mike B and your entire team for provided a terrific learning and diving experience!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Jun 6, 2022
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, the staff make the resort a warm and special place.
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DiverMiguelito wrote a review Jul 2022
Dublin, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After a 2 1/2 van ride from Manila, I arrived at the Crystal Blue Resort (CBR) in Anilao on June 24 for a 10 night stay. It was the beginning of the rainy season so I was virtually the only diver at the resort. Nevertheless, I enjoyed great service from reception, the restaurant, and especially the dive operation.

The boat crew (Allan and Jojo) provided excellent help to/from the dive boat -- carrying and rinsing gear including my camera rig. Edgar is an exceptional dive guide with great knowledge of the dive sites and the marine critters.

Although due to the onset of the rainy season, some marine species were not so prolific, Edgar was truly remarkable in his ability to spot U/W critters, e.g., rhinopias, many different nudibranch species (including melibe colmani), several different species of octopus, pygmy sea horse, several different species of crustaceans including mantis shrimp with eggs, frogfish, eels and lots of different reef fish.

I enjoyed a large room with lots of storage space and a spacious bathroom. There is also a large, well-equipped camera room. The restaurant offered a variety of tasty food choices, which was remarkable since I was about the only person eating there. The resort is on a hillside so there are plenty of stairs from one's room to the dive center.

I did a blackwater dive; nice experience. It was affected by a large school of sardines that apparently ate or ran off the smaller pelagics that are usually attracted to the U/W lights.

The location is noted for the macro photography; not the most colorful reefs for the casual diver.

Although my stay was not at the peak of the dive season, I has a wonderful experience with lots of individual service. Thank you, CBR!
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Resort is on a hillside so some rooms are several stairs from restaurant and dive shop.
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Jul 26, 2022
Thank you so much for the kind words. We are a family owned an operated resort so when your staying at CBR, it should feel like home. I’ll pass the kind words along to the staff, I know this review will put a smile on their faces.
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Andrew M wrote a review Mar 2023
Tucson, Arizona
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Crystal Blue Resort is a great dive resort. My wife and I spent 18 days here in March 2023 attending two underwater photography workshops. The resort layout is compact and vertical, with the rooms above the common area the equivalent of two to four or five flights of stairs. If you have trouble with stairs ask to be put in one of the Family Villas, as they are the lowest rooms in the resort.
I can't decide if the top accolades go to the staff, the food, or the dive operation. All three being outstanding. This is a very well run operation.
All the staff are friendly, professional and are quick to lend a hand without being asked. We were in room 206, which had two queen sized beds and plenty of floor space to easily move about the room. The water pressure in the shower was good, but the hot water could take a few minutes to arrive. WiFi has been upgraded and is reliable with good signal strength resort wide. We did not need the plug adapters we brought as all the plugs accommodated both US and European style. Note, however, the power supplied is 220/240 volts, twice what we have in the US. Certain items are not compatible with this higher voltage (hair dryers for example). There is a small massage studio, staffed by off-resort therapists. We enjoyed two massages during our time here.
The dining room is open air and very pleasant. Meals are served buffet style and there are plenty of choices for entrees (fish, beef/pork/chicken). The food is plentiful, delicious, and well prepared. Generally there were two additional sides, white rice, and salad at lunch and dinner. We do not eat seafood, and the kitchen prepared soups or pastas the same as on the buffet, but to meet our preferences.
The camera room has 18 stations, each with power, light, plenty of workspace and storage. The dive operation is very well run. Your gear is set up for you on the boats (four guests/boat/guide). Transit time to sites two minutes to moor on the house reef to up to 30 minutes for other sites. The reason to dive here is the rich marine environment and photographic opportunities. Mike Bartick is a world renowned photographer who willingly shares is help (tech support) and techniques so you can become a better photographer. If you are so inclined, participate in a few nights of blackwater diving, it's amazing.
We will return.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Mar 26, 2023
Thank you Andy and Amy, we appreciate your kind words. The staff make the resort a special place and we’re happy you both enjoyed yourselves, the underwater marvel of Anilao and the workshops.
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Emily H wrote a review Jun 2023
Cincinnati, Ohio
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic resort designed around diving. Stayed for a photography/videography workshop (Critterfest 2023). The facilities were nice - room was comfortable, camera room was huge, and relaxing areas were nice. Like others have in their reviews, if you have trouble with stairs, ask for a room closer to the bottom. The food was very good. Lots of different choices and no one went hungry. Wifi was generally good - better in the mornings, but was able to connect to my company's VPN with no issues. The dive guides and boat men were fantastic. We had a list of things we wanted to see and the dive guide found all but one after a day. Dives routinely lasted over an hour (shortest one was 58 minutes, longest was 87 minutes, averaged about 72 minutes, for 33 dives). The boat men were very good with cameras and know how to take care of them. Even though the edge of a typhoon came through when we were there, the staff made sure we did not miss any dives. If we ever decide to dive in Anilao again, we will be sure to stay here.
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Jun 12, 2023
Thank you guys for coming out. We’re happy you enjoyed your trip and thanks for the kind words about the resort, I’ll pass that along to the staff.
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RamesesMendoza wrote a review Feb 2020
Singapore, Singapore
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're a camera nerd, once you see the camera room, you know this is the place for you. Just seethe pics below. Everyone has their own workstation with mats,towels,lights,sockets,etc. You'll encounter some pros and gawk at their gear

The guides are great at spotting subjects. Boatmen very friendly and courteous.

Post dive meals are amazing. Healthy delicious food. The desserts are specially made everyday!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Jun 6, 2022
Thank you so much for the kind words, your review is much appreciated.
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yukom786 wrote a review Jun 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Comfy! Good staff! Good facility! Good food!

Stayed at this resort for relaxing and diving. Room and other facilities were clean and cozy. Food was amazingly good, and enjoyed mango and other fresh fruit every day, which was good especially after a liveaboard trip with less vegetables and fruits. Staff were all so nice and kind. On diving, the quality of guiding by divemasters was awesome. I could see so many critters that I had never seen before. I will definitely be back there with friends.

ダイブクルーズの後で何日かゆっくりして潜るために利用しました。居心地良く、施設もスタッフも親切で対応も良く、食事も申し分ありません。野菜や果物がふんだんに出てくるのが、野菜不足になりがちなクルーズ後には特にありがたかったです。ダイビングに関しては、ここのガイドのレベルはマクロの目がしっかりあり、生き物を見つける力が素晴らしいです。レアな生き物をかなり見ました。今度は友達を連れて、絶対戻ってきます。
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Jul 6, 2022
Thank you Miss Yuko, it was so nice having you here. We hope to see you back once again :)
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Bruce C wrote a review Jun 2022
Carrollton, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Superlatives just don’t do this resort and its people justice. Of course the diving was outstanding. The underwater macro was spectacular. But none of it happens without great staff from food services, to resort services to the boatmen and the guides. And, of course the camera room beats anything I have seen anywhere. And educational services with Mike were once again excellent.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Jul 6, 2022
Thank you Bruce, we’re very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. See you next time!
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pat s wrote a review May 2022
Denver, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The trip went better than expected. Mike took me much further than I had ever hoped to get in one trip. I started as a green beginner, just learning how to shoot underwater. At the end of the course, I had a solid foundation in how to shoot a multitude of scenarios and how to do so using a snoot as well. I was very impressed with Mike’s breadth and depth of knowledge and his willingness to share both with his students, and spend extra time with me when I needed more help. I would recommend his course(s) to anyone wanting to try to learn and get better at underwater macro photography and blackwater dive photography.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded Jun 6, 2022
Thank you Pat for coming out. It was a pleasure getting to know you and diving with you. Were so happy you enjoyed your stay. We mad alot of improvements during Covid and you were one of the first that were able to enjoy them. See you next time!
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Global419065 wrote a review Jul 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our third trip to Chrystal Blue. As always the diving was the best. One of the best spots for macro and the guides were excellent. Always pointing out interesting critters and helping us to get the great shots. Blackwater dive program very good. Boat crew handled all the scuba gear and cameras. They helped us on with the gear and all we had to do was a back roll. The camera room is the best one I have used at any resort. The rooms have been modernized with plenty of hot water and good internet connections. Food was excellent, served buffet style with plenty of choices.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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lindarutheHMB wrote a review Apr 2023
San Francisco, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This location is all about scuba diving. The diving services and the photo pro are great. As I diver, this is everything I need, a package with all diving and meals. I traveled by myself and stayed for around 2 weeks. In retrospect, I wish I stayed a little longer. I am retired, so I have the time. The local dive guides are exceptionally good. There is a lot to see underwater. If you are not a diver, then look for a resort that has more grounds and other activities.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: There are a lot of steps back to the rooms. But, of course, you are in shape, aren't you.
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Answer from Mike B
Anilao, Philippines3 contributions8 helpful votes
I have not received any messages. Please try Mike Bartick on FB and we can get tis straightened out.
Answer from Mike B
Anilao, Philippines3 contributions8 helpful votes
We serve most meals buffet style. The kitchen provides western and some local dishes like soups and lechon kwali, traditional bbq style items. Some Asian, too. There are generally 3 different types of proteins like chicken beef and fish, fresh shrimp, salads, soups, veggies, house made deserts and more. Breakfast is buffet and eggs to order. Mango crepes, etc. we don’t have any issues with dietary restrictions either celiac, low sodium, diabetic. We’re pretty flexible and all of the packages include food to eliminate the guess work. I hope this helps..
GirlonfireStudio asked a question Oct 2019
Los Angeles, California183 contributions53 helpful votes
Is the restaurant open to people not staying at the resort?
Answer from Rose
Saint Louis, Missouri449 contributions234 helpful votes
Yes it is.
Answer from Jim V
Ellijay, Georgia30 contributions3 helpful votes
It is pretty much about the diving. There is some snorkeling and swimming. If you like a massage, you need to give it a try.
jblake555 asked a question Feb 2017
La Verne, California2 contributions4 helpful votes
how much is the diving? Package deals?
lindarutheHMB wrote a tip Apr 2023
San Francisco, California116 contributions108 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are a lot of steps back to the rooms. But, of course, you are in shape, aren't you."
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WILLIAM H wrote a tip Apr 2023
STOUGHTON9 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Spend more than just a few days!"
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Hank wrote a tip Oct 2022
New York City, New York17 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"High floor with balcony seem to have the best views."
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DiverMiguelito wrote a tip Jul 2022
Dublin, California193 contributions119 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Resort is on a hillside so some rooms are several stairs from restaurant and dive shop."
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Rose wrote a tip Apr 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri449 contributions234 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are no good rooms"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crystal Blue Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Crystal Blue Resort?
Nearby attractions include Masasa Beach (6.9 km), Mt. Gulugod Baboy Trail (2.8 km), and Sombrero Island (5.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Crystal Blue Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Crystal Blue Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Crystal Blue Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include OMG! Olvida & Myra's Grill, The Philip Ann Resort Restaurant, and Anilao Shark Bait Bar and Grill.
Does Crystal Blue Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Crystal Blue Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Crystal Blue Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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