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“Idyllic beach and very friendly staff!”
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Evolution Resort
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Reviewed June 29, 2017

I traveled alone and stayed at Evolution for 7 nights. I completed my open water and advanced diver PADI certifications here. As a new diver, my priority was to be safe and this is one of the reasons I chose Evolution, having read great things about the professionally-run dive shop. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor than Mette Hallum and DM-Trainee Allan Gill (now Divemaster!). The whole learning process was smooth and very well planned. Mette is a great coach and we spent a lot of time reviewing skills over and over till I got them right underwater. Right after I finished the courses, I was confident enough to extend my stay by a whole week and get 11 more fun dives in! Really enjoyed diving with Divemasters Weng, Gino and Jo who were great at spotting a wide variety of marine life. The boat crew (Ando, Rollie, Albert and others) were really nice and make everything so easy for the fun-diver, making sure all the equipment is fully set up and good to go.

I stayed in the Deluxe Garden view room because I wanted air conditioning. It was very spacious (especially for a solo traveller!) and well maintained. The reception and the restaurant staff will get to know you quickly and are very friendly. The bar is perfect all evenings, not too noisy but not dull either like some of the other places I saw on the island. Overall my stay at Evolution was simply perfect and a big thank you to everyone at the resort who played a part in that!

  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled solo
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Thank Karishma G
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

We spent about 6 days at Evolution and enjoyed every minute.
Of course its diving at its peak from beginners to pro levels but also friendly staff, great food, good rooms.
Within a day of your arrival staff will remember your name and welcome you with that special friendly touch which make the difference.
We came for diving and we got the best out of our dives. Not only mentioning the famous and beautiful thresher sharks but also all the amazing creatures we saw by day or during night dives.
Definitely a place to go back to. Great staff, experienced and caring dive instructors (thanks Josh and Gino !!!).
Warmly recommended to the friends of the sea and good life.

  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled with family
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Thank FredGi2017
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Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful 9-night stay at Evolution.

The diving gear is of high quality and the instructors are very professional.

The fan room is a good value for money, especially with the breakfast included. Moreover, the food is great and the staff is very friendly.

Thanks to all staff, management, dive instructors, DMTs, and regular guests for making it a wonderful stay.

Stayed: June 2017, traveled solo
Thank carelcoenraad
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Reviewed June 11, 2017

Second time for us on Malapascua, and first time staying (end of May 2017) at Evolution - and we couldn't fault the place, in fact we regretted only booking a 4 night stay !. Rooms big, clean and modern, bar on the beach with ice cold beer and good deals on cocktails, a good food menu with chefs happy to conjure up other things when requested (as we did as we took young baby with us), helpful and friendly staff, dive center perfectly and professionally run, and Evolution located right on the soft white clean sand beach, with clear blue water (occasional current when swimming offshore), and yes, Evolution definitely one of the nicest places we have stayed in the Philippines. We will go back at some point. If the flights Manila to Cebu were cheaper and the 4 hour transfer from Cebu airport to island was shorter we would no doubt be regular visitors as that is all that stops us visiting Malapascua more often.

  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Peter G
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Reviewed May 18, 2017

This is a bit more like paradise. The island is 1.5km long but the main beach – Bounty, is full of dive centres. Initially I thought it was over developed and it is to an extent but it was also quite isolated in this place, as you are at one end and we never really ventured out – there was real no need to. Nice sandy / ground up coral beach. You can walk about barefoot all the time although the sand can be hot. The Craic House –bar/restaurant is fine. My only issue was too much American / UK food – burger and chips, fish and chips etc. I had the Filipino Bicol Express on 4 nights to be authentic!
The rooms are lovely, huge beds, air con was ok and a ceiling fan. The TV had various films on demand, rather than actual channels. So for the few hours you might be in the room – you can watch Bridge over the River Kwai or Star Wars etc.
The staff are really helpful, friendly and smiley, you run up a tab and settle at the end of the week. They get to know your names which is quite nice. No need to tip as you go – just chuck it in the box at the end of your stay. Even though it is an island the food and drink were about the same price as we paid in Moalboal, Cebu – 60PHP / £1 for a small beer (San Miguel brewed in the Philippines) £1.30ish for a large beer 500ml – Red Horse 6.9% and roughly 300PHP-500PHP £5-£8 for a main meal. It’s very laid back and relaxing. I was here for diving so didn’t do a lot else. The Thresher shark dive was ok, it was mobbed with divers (13 boats) and we only saw glimpses of the sharks but its almost guaranteed you will see them. It’s off the bucket list. The diving was pretty good. Water temp was 28 degrees – I used a 1mm shortie and 2mm undervest – I was fine. Some others wore 5mm.
Behind all the hotels are alleyways where the locals live. It’s got the shanty town feel but this is how locals live. We never really went out anywhere else as when you are in a largish group its difficult to organise at times and it is too east to stay put. The one time we did go out was the dwarf v lady boy basketball match at one end of the island. So politically incorrect, but very entertaining. If you have to stay in touch etc, Wifi is on offer in the restaurant area only and was perfectly ok.
Diving is well organised, your kit is carried for you and tanks changed as well. The guys get to know your equipment and set up. We could do with this in the UK!
Lovely setting, warm sea water, nice diving. Viz is probably 15-20m so it is not up there with Red Sea viz but there’s plenty of life and colour and it was nice to see things that I’ve not seen before.
I really enjoyed the week I spent here, it’s a great set up, well run, nice accommodation. More or less everyone seems to say the same and rate this place highly on Trip Adviser and to be fair you shouldn’t be disappointed.

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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Evolution Resort

Address: Malapascua, 6013, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Malapascua Island
Price Range: ₱1,918 - ₱4,038 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Evolution Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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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