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Evolution Diving Resort
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Lund, Sweden
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Best place on Malapascua”
Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for 9 nights with my family incl two kids.
The hotel is situated on the wonderful Bounty beach, but at the very east tip so it is nice and quiet.
Beautiful white sand and clean water at sea. No vendors on the beach.
We had two bungalows near the beach just opposite from the restaurant The Craig House with great food.
The whole area is covered with white sand so you don't need any shoes at all during your stay.
Rooms are nice and bathrooms spacious. All nice and clean.
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and personal.

Stayed January 2017, traveled with family
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

I stayed at Evolution for 9 nights and dived with them. I have a separate review for Evolution diving, so here I will only focus on the resort. They have two types of rooms, I chose the smaller fan room. It was great. Very good and comfy beds, clean towels, toiletries, big bathroom with hot shower. The room I stayed in was in a quite place, still it was 1 minute to the dive center and the beach. The resort is located in a lovely part of Malapascua, with white sand beach and this area was protected from the wind which also translated into calm sea.
Dive center is accessible easily till around 9 pm, later there is a guard 24 hours. The staff are sure friendly and very efficient. Everything was smooth. I had a little issue - the knob on a bath room door was rusty (very high humidity in the area!) and I asked to tape it over or replace. Was done immediately.
Breakfast in Craic house is included, it has a lot of options: from Filipino to traditional, to eggs, crepes and sandwiches. The restaurant in general is very good. I did not bother to look for other places. It's very convenient to stay at the resort if you are diving with Evolution. Logistics become seamless.
I absolutely loved my stay.

  • Stayed December 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

My friend who is a technical diving instructor elsewehere recommended to do my TDI Deco Procedures and Advanced Nitrox combo with Evolution. Good tech training is worth traveling for a little and I wanted to see treshers sharks.

Had only one morning reserved for treshers, but that was enough! Saw plenty and few came up close. Boat crew and dive masters are very professional (I've been working in the industry for three years so I have an idea).

Did the courses with Daniel Holmstedt. He is an extremely patient and friendly person, therefore perfectly suited to be an instructor. I really liked many of the teaching philosophies and techniques used and will adopt them myself. Feedback was given so that the student had always room to improve further, but done in a very pleasant manner.

Food at the resort is great and the waitresses must all be former Miss Visayas. I especially enjoyed the genuine feel around the resort. You had company when you wanted to, but it wasn't pushy or fake. It was nice to talk about other things than mantas and turtles all the time.

Stayed December 2016, traveled solo
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed December 15, 2016

I have gone to Evolution every year for the past 3 years. The thresher sharks are great, but most important to me is quality instruction, professional dive staff (including boat crew) and comfortable environs. I have tried to dive at other resorts that claim to have tech diving experience, but usually it is just an instructor with some tech gear willing to guide dives. Evolution is fully devoted to tech diving and also makes sure its recreational dive instructors and guides adhere to the same safety and underwater bouyancy standards. The resort staff are friendly and accommodating, but make sure your requirements are clear and confirmed. The rooms are clean and good for a remote island with few services.

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  • Stayed December 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

Did a dive trip with them, accommodations and diving were settled almost instantly. Staffs were very friendly and helpful towards providing top-notch service, and dive instructors there were knowledgable and always willing to provides inputs in topics and techniques regarding diving.

100% going back for more training and more fun!

  • Stayed October 2016, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Evolution Diving Resort

Property: Evolution Diving Resort
Address: Malapascua, 6013, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Malapascua Island
Price range (per night): ₱1,350 - ₱3,601
Hotel Class:3 star — Evolution Diving Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Evolution is small and friendly owner operated resort that provides everything you could need to enjoy Malapascua's great diving. We have 16 rooms with a choice of AC or Fan, all within a short distance from our golden white sand beach. The resort is home to one of the most highly rated restaurant on the island, where you'll find food for all palates, and a great selection of vegetarian dishes as well. Just let us know what you need to make your trip great and we'll do our best to make it happen. ... more   less 
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