Peter and stayed at Evolution Dive Resort in Malapascua and organized all of our dives through them. I’d highly recommend you do the same. At the very least I would definitely choose to dive with them.
We had a great experience and I’d love to go back to Malapascua and Evolution again one day (I’m not the only one— we made some awesome new friends during our trip and one of them booked his trip to go back the next month while he was still at the resort).
I can’t say enough about how great the staff at Evolution were. From organising our trip with the owner, David, over e-mail months before, to the attentive restaurant staff who manage to remember every guest’s name we had nothing but positive experiences with the resort staff. At one point we had an issue with our shower but did not realise it until after 10PM (which is late when you’re on island time and waking up before 4AM to dive) and the resort was able to get a repair man to our room quickly to resolve the issue.
Peter and I were likely the least experienced divers staying at Evolution, as the resort is known for technical diving. However, we picked the resort specifically because wanted to dive with highly experienced and well-trained instructors who would help us feel safe and confident underwater. We were not disappointed!
This was my first time diving since our trip to El Nido in November and it was also going to be my first time diving below 18 meters. I was a bit nervous to get back in to the water at first but our PADI advanced open water instructor, Vanessa, was an awesome, patient, and super friendly instructor.
By the end of the week after diving with Vanessa and multiple other dive masters at the resort I was feeling much more confident diving even to deep depths, through caves, in currents, and in the dark and I definitely saw an improvement in my skills over the course of the week.
I have to give an extra shoutout to the amazing boat crew at Evolution who were super friendly and went above and beyond to organise, carry, set up and clean all of our gear every day for every dive. We were spoiled.
The resort has all the equipment you’d need available for rent. A couple of the wetsuits at the resort were a little worse for wear, but you could easily change out your wetsuit to a new one if you preferred. Aside from that, all of the equipment was excellent and well maintained.
We stayed in a deluxe room that had a small porch where we loved sitting and reading after diving. It also had air conditioning and a ceiling fan while the other type of rooms at the resort just had fans. I wouldn’t say that air conditioning was a must since it ended up being quite cool during our stay, but it was definitely nice to have. The rooms are simple, but clean and there’s hot water for showers. They provide shampoo and body wash, but you’ll need to bring any other toiletries you’d like outside that.
If you’re diving with Evolution, it doesn’t get easier than staying at the resort as well. Malapascua is certainly not the place to go if you’re looking for a wild nightlife and most of the beach is empty and quiet by 10PM, but Evolution is extra quiet and peaceful. It’s also near Buena Vida if you’re looking to do some yoga or have a spa treatment and a quick walk behind the resort will lead you past sari sari shops for snacks or to a larger shop for toiletries, snacks, and souvenirs.
Definitely take the time to wander Malapascua Island beyond the western beachfront resort properties and see where the locals on the island live.