Crystal Blue Resort
Crystal Blue Dive Resort -- For the past few years we have been actively searching for a better quality dive resort option in Anilao. There is very good muck/critter diving in Anilao, but thus far the lodgings have been substandard. Now we've come upon a new opportunity, Crystal Blue Resort, that shows real potential. 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. Located on a prime land at Bagalangit Bay, Anilao (Batangas, Philippines), this low-rise resort embraces beautiful architecture and designed to blend with the local landscape and culture. Providing quality without formality, guests enjoy open-air dining and oceanfront living. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages service are available in all rooms and public areas. Menu items include seafood, Continental, Oriental and Filipino Cuisine. At day's end, a nice Jacuzzi provides relaxation and refreshment as you prepare for the next day's diving adventure. See what one recent guest had to say...
"The night dive at Anilao's "Town Pier" with Crystal Blue Resort should be mandatory. We were all breathless with fabulous finds our group of four made: blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, two more octopi, squid, bobtail squid, warty yellow frogfish, crabs, ornate ghost pipefish, two cuttlefish mating, translucent snail, eight little pipefish all encircling each other, waspfish, tiny black frogfish, baby cuttlefish, a fire urchin, and so many other critters we couldn't even identify! The Crystal Blue Resort was beautiful and offered topnotch guides, fantastic food, very comfortable rooms with super A/C, and a perfect ending to a perfect trip. Thank you, Ken, for being the perfectionist you are and expecting and receiving the best!"
Karin M. - NV
"I've just returned from one of my best dive trips ever, spending time in both Anilao and Puerto Galera. At Puerto Galera I stayed at El Galleon Resort which I booked through Island Dreams. Then I participated in a photo workshop in Anilao hosted by Crystal Blue Resort, which is what this email is all about. I've been to Anilao before and the first time I stayed at (a well known lodging) which to me was a dump with good dive guides. Well this time around Crystal Blue Resort had it all. My room had two double beds, AC, a modern bathroom and a balcony overlooking the sea. The food was served buffet-style, and included two to three choices for every lunch and dinner.
Since I was at a photo workshop they had their camera room pushed to the limits but still had enough room to support about 24 photographers. As far as the diving goes at Crystal Blue they had six dive boats (they chartered extra boats and guides for the workshop). There was a ratio of four divers per boat although my dive boat mostly had only three divers. The guide I had was excellent and from what others said they were very pleased with theirs as well. I would go back to Crystal Blue in a heartbeat - nice place, good staff, good food, nice room and great Anilao diving."
Chuck D. - TX
Lodging, Meals, and Diving -- Island Dreams' packages at Crystal Blue Resort include your lodging, three daily meals, and three boat dives per day. You can add a night boat dive for only $35 more. Please note that there is no refund for any unused portions of the package. Transfers, beverages, bar bill, and other items of a personal nature are at the guest's additional expense. You will find package pricing table below.
- Superior Rooms (4), for single occupancy lodging -- The Superior Rooms serve for single occupancy lodging. They have their own private baths, hot and cold shower, dining table, closets, beds with comfortable sheets, and are fully air-conditioned. The balcony offers spectacular views of the resort, ocean and sunsets.
- Deluxe Rooms (10), for double occupancy lodging
Deluxe Type A has one queen-sized bed, private baths, hot and cold shower, dining table, closets, and is fully air-conditioned. Like the Superior Rooms, each of the rooms has a balcony overlooking the ocean.
Deluxe Type B has two single beds, private bath, hot and cold shower, dining table, closets, and is fully air-conditioned. Enjoy the refreshing view of the magnificent sunset from your balcony.
- Family Rooms (2) -- These two-room suites include a dining table, family area with center table and chairs, and private bath with hot and cold shower, and is fully airconditioned.
Free Internet Access -- Crystal Blue Resort provides complimentary WiFi in the restaurant and media areas, perfect for sending photos, e-mails and using skype with friends and family..
Restaurant and Bar -- Crystal Blue's dining room and bar overlooks the tropical blue waters and offer a perfect place to enjoy the sunset after a great day of Anilao diving.
Free Stairmaster? -- Due to the local geology, all Anilao hotels are built on hillsides overlooking the ocean. At Crystal Blue Resort, the dining room and bar, diveshop, and camera room are all on the beach level, but the sleeping rooms are on the hillside. Be advised that there will be some stair climbing to get up and down. But you only need to transport yourself. All the dive gear and cameras stay below.
|Crystal Blue Resort
Pricing valid through December 31, 2023
Includes lodging, tax, three meals daily, and boat diving as indicated.
* Add a boat night dive, or a Mandarin Fish dive, for just $38 per diver *
* Add a boat night dive, or a Mandarin Fish dive, for just $38 per diver *
Note: A Holiday Season Surcharge applies December 15 - January 5.
|NITROX Option -- Nitrox is one of the easiest and most effective ways to add an additional margin of safety to your diving. Island Dreams strongly recommends that you become Nitrox certified and use it whenever possible and practical. In Anilao, all sport dive profiles are perfect for Nitrox. You will enjoy more bottom time each day, and be a safer scuba diver.|
|Price is per person, based on the occupancy indicated,
and your choice of Air Fills or NITROX Fills
Non-diver is lodging and meals only
|Double Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
sharing with a diver
|3 nights lodging / with 6 boat dives||$ 655||$ 680||call||$ 989||$1014|
|4 nights lodging / with 9 boat dives||$ 920||$ 958||call||$1400||$1438|
|5 nights lodging / with 12 boat dives||$1185||$1235||call||$1812||$1862|
|6 nights lodging / with 15 boat dives||$1450||$1513||call||$2223||$2286|
|7 nights lodging / with 18 boat dives||$1715||$1791||call||$2635||$2711|
|8 nights lodging / with 21 boat dives||$1980||$2068||call||$3047||$3135|
|9 nights lodging / with 24 boat dives||$2244||$2345||call||$3458||$3559|
|10 nights lodging / with 25 boat dives||$2510||$2623||call||$3870||$3983|
|Prices are per person, based on double occupancy in deluxe, air-conditioned room with ocean view. Package includes 3 meals daily, and boat diving as indicated.
Additional Dives: Guests may book additional day dives at $35 per dive. Black water dives are $55 per dive.
Not included: Rental dive gear, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, gratuities, and any other items of a personal nature.
A Holiday Season Surcharge applies December 15 - January 5. Please call for pricing during this period.
Please note that all rates are subject to change. Airfare to Manila is not included. Call Island Dreams for current airfares and schedules.
Transfers to Crystal Blue Resort -- 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. A private pickup from Manila Airport is $115 per way, per small van. Pickup can be from either of the two Manila airports (International or Domestic) or from your Manila hotel. Private pickup from the Batangas Pier is $80 per way per small van. All transfer prices are quoted one-way, and are subject to change. Discount may be available for larger groups.
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