Full service dive resort in Malapascua, Cebu with accommodations and a colorful bar
By Krissie G. Pacia

Evolution is a full service dive resort that has a five star dive center and a lively house bar, The Craic House.


  • Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu
  • Located on Bounty Beach of Malapascua Island, a small tropical island off the north tip of Cebu
  • Approximately 4 hours away from Cebu's International Airport, including a boat ride and a drive to the resort proper
  • Malapascua Island is a vibrant community that remains rural despite growing interest in tourism; it is most known for its dive sites, particularly the Monad Shoal, where thresher sharks converge
Ideal for:
Photo Courtesy of Evolution
  • Diving enthusiasts, beach bums, and island lovers
  • Small groups of friends, families, and couples who find the relative seclusion and rawness of Malapascua appealing
  • Makes a good base for divers availing of Evolution's dive shop services


  • A small but growing resort, with currently just four rooms in their inventory
  • Rustic and traditional cottages that suit the untouched feel of Malapascua
  • Huts use a lot of native materials such as nipa and kawayan
  • Overall feel is that of a laidback tropical escape
  • The resort currently has four rooms on site which can be rented as AC (airconditioned) or fan
  • Rooms have two beds, a private balcony, and en suite bathroom
  • The resort plans to offer ten more rooms within the next 18 months  
Photo Courtesy of Evolution
  • The Craic House, an onsite bar and restaurant that serves authentic Irish food
  • Complimentary WiFi access
  • TDI Five Star Instructor Training Facility that offers of PADI and SDI recreational courses and all TDI Technical Courses
  • Two Bauer Compressors in a customized compressor room, a nitrox blending station, extensive high quality rental gear for recreational and technical divers, and an array of tanks to suit all needs
  • Spacious pump boats
  • Sun loungers, umbrellas, and all day bar service
  • Snorkeling equipment rental
  • In-room or by-the-beach massage services
  • Transportation arrangements for arrival and departure

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Evolution Balcony

The resort and dive shop is the project of two friends, David Joyce and Matt Reed. Their combined talents, training, and experience gave birth to Evolution, a comprehensive and full-service diving resort. The resort offer travelers a more contemporary social, dining, and diving experience, all in a single rustic compound.

Evolution Bedroom

The FAN and AC rooms are clean and functional, providing basic amenities such as soap, bath towels, and beach towels. Since guests prefer to mingle with other residents, there are no in-room televisions. The resort does have a DVD library available for guests with laptops or viewers.

Evolution Beachfront

Guests have easy access to Malapascua's popular Bounty Beach where they can laze the day away when not engaged in dives or water sports.

Evolution Swing

A child friendly resort, Evolution has swings on site for children and the young at heart.

Evolution Hammock

In keeping with the lazy island lifestyle, hammocks are scattered around the resort, beckoning guests to snooze in the shade of the coconut trees.

Evolution Boats

Guests can also avail of snorkeling equipment and boat trips using any of the resort's four boats, all crewed by Malapascua residents.

Evolution The Craic House

The resort has an Irish bar called The Craic House (Craic is pronounced "crack") in a tropical beach setting, said to be the beating heart of Evolution. The bar is a place where guests mingle and make friends over food and drink. The informal bistro uses fresh produce and homemade ingredients in the unique creations offered in their Irish-Asian-Filipino-International menus.

The Craic House Terrine

A specialty of The Craic House, the Slow Cooked Pork  and Mustard Terrine with a Garden Egg Salad and Rustic Bread take 24 hours to prepare.

The Craic House Smoked Fish Potato Cakes

A great wake-me-upper in the morning, the Smoked Fish Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs and Peas is a must try.

Evolution Tanks

From beginners who want to give diving a try, to those ready to go pro, Evolution's dive shop offer a variety of options to improve diving knowledge and experience.
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