United States of America,
Between luxury and budget, Evolution Is Average
Cleanliness, Staff, Thresher Shark Diving
While the Evolution Dive Resort rates an overall B in quality for mid-priced resorts, I felt the value rated a D as it's priced slightly higher. So when considering it's niche between luxury and backpacker, Evolution is average.
The Room (A-) : The hotel-like fan room was immaculate, modern, and great hot water. The terrace was also pleasant.
One small complaint, no light switch near the bed. There is only a shelving unit for clothes.
Amenities (D-): No wifi in the room and no pool.
Staff (A) : Overall, the staff are very nice. Most English was above average.
Food (C+): I found the food decent, but not necessarily a good value. Overall, the restaurant felt like a way to extract a larger rent from guests. For example, a tiny one scoop sundae came in a small glass and was around 125 pesos. Beer was twice the restaurant average and hamburgers were 300 pesos. I eat at higher end restaurants in Manila and Cebu for similar prices and higher quality. There are other restaurants down the beach, however.
The Dive Shop (A): Evolution has highly trained dive masters and prides itself on a well run shop. From equipment, to keeping track of diver scheduling and treating us as individuals, they are indeed full service. If you are a technically inclined diver, this is an excellent place to acquire you certification.
However, you will pay dearly for their services. This is partly due to the fact that Malapascua is not actually close to many dive sites, so fuel is an issue. However, Evolution still charges a greater premium than other dive sites on the island. After per dive costs, equipment rental, and park fees, one can easily spend $50 per dive or $100 or $150 a day.
OVERALL: The reason I'd rate this resort a C (average) is simply the price point. For this money, I've been at high end resorts with a pool, laundry, room wifi, the works. Quality is not a big issue, so if you are not price sensitive, you should still be happy.
A little piece of paradise - a perfect end of our
Dive Masters / Guides, location on beach, staff
This was the last stop for us as part of our honeymoon trip and the dive resort and staff went out of their way to make it special for us. We had issues with our flights to get there, but rearranging airport transfers was not a problem, and they even rang us to see if we wanted any dinner cooking as we were arriving after the kitchen closed. They could not do enough to help.
The surroundings of the resort are fabulous. Palm trees, hammocks and outdoor sofas, all looking out over the turquoise water. Its beautiful. Its located more or less at the end of the strip of hotels and dive centres, which means it is very peaceful.
The dive Centre on site is top top class. Quality equipment and the most amazing dive guides. We went out with Gino and Alex and they were some of the best guides I have ever come across. They were amazing - spotting even the smallest of creatures.
Above all this is a great place to while away a few hours, days or months! Top class!