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Reviewed 23 August 2017

I've been wanting to come to Malapascua to see the thresher sharks for a while now. While choosing which resort to stay at, I basically chose the one with the coolest name, and I can safely say I wasn't disappointed.

Before my trip to Malapascua, I was in contact with the GM, Nick who answered all my questions. He helped to arrange our transfers, so getting there was a breeze. Just note that you might have to wade in ankle deep water to get to the boat to the island when it's low tide. The port at Maya is pretty basic, so you might expect getting a little wet. Shorts and flip flops are always the best option in my opinion.

The room I was given was pretty damn good. The beach was right on my doorstep. Beds were comfortable though the pillows might have been a little too soft for my liking. Staff are friendly and always willing to help. The restaurant food is pretty decent as well.

In between dives we mostly spent at the Craic House, which is the in house restaurant. It was pretty cool hanging out with the dive instructors and other divers.

As for the diving, I would say that this location had so much to offer in terms of macro life. The thresher shark dive was of course a highlight for me, but the best moment on the trip was when we saw this huge manta. Equipment rental is fairly priced and the guides seem to know what they're doing. Our guide Gino seemed to have some kind of bionic vision and was able to spot the smallest creatures from miles away.

I would recommend staying and diving with Evolution and I'll definitely be back soon.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank SureshN2
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This hotel is a diving resort but we booked it just for one night as we wanted to visit the island for a short stay.

We booked a room which sadly wasn't facing the beach, I'd definitely recommend paying the extra for this luxury because you won't be disappointed. The beach is so beautiful and gives you a feeling of being in paradise with its crystal clear water and white sands.

The staff were friendly and check in was fast. The lady took us to our room, and gave us the run down of facilities and amenities. On checking in we were asked if we wanted a double room or a twin room and we chose a double. The bed was very comfortable and the room was clean. The bathroom was a good size and we were given two towels each, one for the room and one for the beach. We only had a fan room, but it worked just as good. The shower was a little weak but what can you expect from a small island? There is a nice seating area outside the front of the room with a drying rack for wet clothes. The hotel has a bar/restaurant facing the beach with a nice choice of food and drinks - the breakfast was lovely. We were sad that we weren't doing the diving course as we watched people practising from our garden area but we are hoping to return next year and give it a try.

We really enjoyed ourselves at this hotel. I'd definitely recommend it.

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank Tasha L
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

I booked a room + diving package with Evolution for a week (12 - 18 June) with my girlfriend, and we had a great time. I did my Advance Open Water diving course over the first couple of days while my partner enjoyed herself with a bunch of fun dives.

The course was very well conducted and managed by my Evolution instructor - the lessons were professionally conducted and the skills practice was well supported. I had a great time and emerged a better diver at the end of it. During the course, there were multiple (non-repetitive) opportunities for my partner and I to dive together at the same dive sites, so we got the best of both worlds - I got to learn and she got to explore the site.

Dive instructors at Evolution are a mutlinational, multilingual crew. They're a cocktail of adventure, stories and perspectives. Network, talk, trade stories and debate about ideas with the crew if you get on well. There's treasure to be found.

Diving conditions during our stay were good, with visibility at 10m or more on most days and easily no current. The reefs around Malapascua are teeming with beautiful and colour life, while the shark dives and occasional spotting of barracudas and turtles were an extra special treat.

The rooms were cleaned and very well maintained. Evolution staff was always on-hand to see that our needs were addressed promptly and service was great. There was a minor problem with bugs in the bathroom and a bit of a smell, but it was resolved eventually. Still, the room was air-conditioned, clean and fitted with enough fittings to ensure that we were never wanting for space to keep our things organised while we went about enjoying ourselves.

There was a daily supply of fresh bath and beach towels, making us feel absolutely pampered. Soap and shampoo was provided with the room, making it extra convenient in ensuring that we could always get comfortable after some water time.

Daily breakfast was included with our room booking, allowing us to start the day in comfort. Good quality and delicious meals are also available at the resort diner, but its range tends to be a little limited. For variety, I'd recommend that you explore the other establishments on the strip. If you're adventurous, you can practically eat at a different restaurant every night. Overall, the food and drinks quality in and around Evolution is pretty good and affordable. Make it a part of your holiday to try the local food and drinks - I'm pretty sure you'll not be disappointed.

Overall, I'd give Evolution a 4 because it shows such potential to be a top-notch high quality resort. It's got almost everything you could want and need for a diving holiday, though some components could do with improvements. I'll definitely recommend them.

PS: Grab the tourist SIM when you arrive at the airport - it's free, has a generous data allowance and connectivity is good, as long as your phone isn't regionally blocked. You'll be glad for a little bit of connection while you disconnect :)

Room tip: Book early and indicate any special needs or requests you might have - Evolution staff are always happy to help.
Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank limjunekiat
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Reviewed 29 June 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!

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank KarishmaG67
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Reviewed 27 June 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.

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank FredGi2017
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