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#4 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Mabini
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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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DiverMiguelito wrote a review Jul 2022
Dublin, California169 contributions114 helpful votes
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
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Responded 3 weeks ago
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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Global419065 wrote a review Jul 2022
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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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yukom786 wrote a review Jun 2022
4 contributions2 helpful votes
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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Responded 6 Jul 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, Texas4 contributions1 helpful vote
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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Responded 6 Jul 2022
Thank you Bruce, we’re very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. See you next time!
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Phil G wrote a review Jun 2022
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Our only Philippine dive experience had been at Club Ocellaris, a spartan "resort" located a few miles north of Crystal Blue. Holes in our mattress, insect droppings from the bamboo ceiling every night, and no water pressure for our outdoor shower for eleven days made for a miserable trip. We crossed the Philippines off our list of future dive travel. Several years later, Merry looked at many of the photos and videos from Crystal Blue's Blackwater dives and wanted to give the area known as Anilao one more try. I'm glad we did. The rooms are air-conditioned with indoor bathrooms and plenty of refreshing, hot water for showers. Internet service is fast with very few outages due to thunderstorms. Buffet-style meals were wonderful. I thought I would lose weight during our three-week stay, but we are leaving with tighter shirts than we arrived with. The kitchen staff will also make special menu items if you request them. The large staff is very friendly and helpful. They seem to work 24/7. The dive guides were very experienced at finding everything from giant frogfish to the tiniest nudibranch. Even with macro lenses and diopters, we often had to zoom in to see what it was we had photographed. One of my favorite dive sites was the house reef, a thirty second boat ride from the resort. When you return from your dives, there are several rinse tanks for cameras and dive gear, with air pressure nozzles for blowing off your housing before taking it into the air-conditioned camera room. Outdoor showers, restroom, and lots of covered hanging for your wet dive gearadd convenience. The boatmen carry your cameras and dive gear to and from the boats. The camera room has individual spaces with plenty of outlets for chargers and towels for any wet gear. I highly recommend Crystal Blue Resort to anyone wishing to enjoy the muck diving, coral reefs, and blackwater dives offered by Mike Bartick and his wonderful staff. Everyone involved with the resort ensured that each guest enjoyed their time here, from daily maid service to van pickup and return to Manilla. It couldn't have been an easier trip, except for the Covid-related requirements at the airports. Hopefully, that will be a distant memory by the time we return to Crystal Blue.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded 6 Jun 2022
First, thank you for giving the Philippines another try. Were so glad that we were able to sway your view from your prior experience and hope to see you back again.
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jlsttjt wrote a review May 2022
Minneapolis, Minnesota16 contributions2 helpful votes
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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Responded 6 Jun 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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pat s wrote a review May 2022
Denver, Colorado5 contributions13 helpful votes
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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Responded 6 Jun 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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RamesesMendoza wrote a review Feb 2020
Singapore, Singapore128 contributions14 helpful votes
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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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Responded 6 Jun 2022
Thank you so much for the kind words, your review is much appreciated.
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Grace wrote a review Feb 2020
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions10 helpful votes
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We stayed and dived with CBR in December 2019 and still fondly remember our time there! The diving is excellent, our guides were knowledgeable with the critters whereabouts. This was my foremost priority - to go with guides who dive there regularly with uw photographers - who will give us the best chances of having an eventful dive trip. We went home happy with many critters photos to play with. The facility - while the rooms are cozy, it was comfy and clean. The layout of dive area is organized by boat which makes for a really organized dive prep even with multiple boats. Photography room is designed with a proper work station for your kit (our humble compacts were happy among the pro seagates and red cameras) - complete with mats, soft towels, outlets, and table lamps. Wow this was the most impressive camera room we’ve ever seen (and we’ve been to a lot of spots for diving and photography). Lastly. THAT BUFFET was beyond expected. As divers, we normally acknowledge that we are paying for quality dive operations which may not always translate to how well the resort side of things are run. But wow the food options (local and western) and quality was above expectation. On the 3rd day - I was already searching for the pastry chef. How does a dive resort have a pastry chef?! These little details make the experience super worth it. Overall a very well run dive resort. Would come back if they weren’t always fully booked! Highly recommend to our friends. Thank you Kuya Jerry and crew for the awesome dives. 👌
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 7 Feb 2020
What a great review, thank you for the kind words and detailed report. I’ll pass this along to the staff for their outstanding accomplishments.
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Brett H wrote a review Dec 2019
Sulphur, Louisiana36 contributions9 helpful votes
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We can't say enough how wonderful a time we had during our stay here. The staff were always ready to serve us. The resort is very organized from the front desk to the dive shop. The food was delicious and always something for everyone. I can't recommend this place enough.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Mike Bart, General Manager at Crystal Blue Resort
Responded 6 Aug 2020
Thank you so much for the kind words and the glowing review.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crystal Blue Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Crystal Blue Resort?
Nearby attractions include Mt. Gulugod Baboy Trail (2.9 km) and Sombrero Island (5.8 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.
Does Crystal Blue Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Crystal Blue Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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.