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Evolution Dive Resort: "Great Macro Encounters with Threshers, too.", Aug, 2019,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 88 reports with 53 Helpful votes). Report 10998 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars

The last stop on my month-long odyssey in the Philippines was the Evolution Dive Resort on Malapascua Island. I arranged for a private transfer from Mactan, Cebu up to Malapascua, which took about 3 hours in a van then a 40-minute boat ride from the port of Maya out to the island. There are no ATM’s on the island and many stores/shops only take cash in Filipino currency.

Evolution Resort is one of the nicer resorts on Malapascua along with Exotic Resort, next door. All the dive operations here feature thresher shark diving at Monad Shoal. The Evolution Resort can accommodate about 42 divers. It was about 1/3rd full when I was there.

I had a fairly large room with 2 queen beds. My room, #8, was in the rear of the resort next to the maintenance building so I was sometimes serenaded with saws, hammers and crowing roosters.
The room had poor lighting and very few electrical outlets. It was kept very clean with a regular change of towels.

Meals are served in an Irish-themed pub ordering off a menu. There is no meal plan offered but breakfast is included. The pub offers a good variety of food that is prepared nicely and is inexpensive. At times, the service can be a bit slow. The pub featured a well-stocked bar with many Irish whiskeys but a minimal wine selection. The pub often played rap music full of some serious expletives – a real incongruity for an Irish pub.

The dive operation was well organized. Each day’s dive schedule is posted on white boards outside the dive shop. Divers sign up for the dives they will be doing the next day. Everyday featured a thresher shark dive at 5 AM then dives at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM plus twilight or a night dive. The resort also offers 2-tank trips to Gato Island and Kalaggamann Island. The resort offers Nitrox.

The resort does not allow dive gloves or sticks. In addition, no dive lights, strobes or video lights can be used on the thresher dives. These dives are deep and dark. Between the Seadoors’ live-aboard and Evolution, I did 4 thresher shark dives. I found them a bit disappointing with very limited sightings of the sharks – passing shadows.

Access to the dive boats is tide-dependent. When the tide is in, there is beach access. When the tide is out, we took a skiff out the moored dive boat. The dive crew set up the dive gear and rinsed the gear at the end of the day.

I had a private dive guide, Gino, who is an excellent critter-finder for primarily macro-photos. Gino was always helpful, friendly and courteous assisting with my camera rig to/from the dive boat. Malapascua is best known for its thresher shark encounters but I was very impressed with the macro-photo opportunities. We had encounters with octopus (including blue-rings), several different species of shrimp, crab, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, squid (including bobtail) and reef fish. The night dives were exceptional. I wish Gino well as he works toward his PADI instructor certification.

I had a wonderful experience reading to the 2nd and 3rd graders at the Malapascua elementary school as part of a book donation program that the resort sponsors.

In conclusion, Evolution is a very nice resort with comfortable accommodations, very good food, the opportunity to encounter thresher sharks, excellent macro-photography, with very reasonable prices and a warm and friendly staff. I recommend this resort and will definitely consider a return visit.

Websites Evolution Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu,
PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There Best to fly direct to Cebu avoiding Manila. About a 4 hour transfer from airport to Malapasqua

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35-75 Ft/ 11-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]No Deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The crew was always helpful and careful when handling camera gear. No rinse tank on boat but rinse tank for cameras at resort.

One of the best locations that I have experienced for quality macro-photography.
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