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Malapascua - Exotic Island vs. TSD vs. Evolution Diving

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by yuhtnav, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. kwhkg

    kwhkg Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: makati, philippines
    EVOLUTION is the only choice .
  2. mantababe

    mantababe Contributor

    can you explain why?

    also are they just as good with fun divers as they are with techies? we are UWP dont always need to go deep and often like staying in one place not rushing all around a reef
  3. ElGaucho

    ElGaucho PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Mexico City
    When you see how the Evolution divemasters/guides dive, everything will fall into place. These guys are trained by Matt and David, not only to dive in cave trim and with nice control, but with a more "experienced" mindset. They take their time, they follow the slowest, they make no noise, no fuss, they just calmly point out stuff. You will appreciate the way they dive, it's mature and professional.
    Matthew and mantababe like this.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philippines
    I can attest to this. I've been to quite a few places in the Philippines, and their DMs are the most skillful I've seen anywhere.
  5. matt_reed

    matt_reed Tech Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: The Land of Confusion [Philippines]
    Thanks for the support from our "fans" :)

    We certainly are not overly focused on tech diving. That is the area that David and I personally specialise in, but we have a 3 local DMs and 3 international instructors on staff to deal with all the daily non-tech diving. Malapascua is a great spot for variety of dive sites, reefs, walls, wrecks, and of course big and small marinelife. We have a focus on safety at the same time as trying to ensure everyone gets what they want(within reason of course - as noted in this thread you can't please everyone!), and we do everything we can to help protect the environment for future generations...

    Let me know if there's anything I can do to assist you on your trip.

    Best regards,

    ps Here's our "Before and After" image to show you that not much has changed since the storm...just less trees
    before and after.jpg
    Matthew, clgsamson, currier and 3 others like this.
  6. Deepen

    Deepen Registered

    Stayed at exotic. No complaints. Friends went back last year too. Happy campers.

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  7. Czaldy

    Czaldy New

    My first and third attempt to see the thresher sharks in Monad shaol was a miss but always awed by the immensity of the manta rays. came back in 2014 and dove with Evolution and i ticked my bucket list with a smile...Thresher shark. im considering of coming back next month.
  8. helarno

    helarno Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: China
    I dived and stayed at Evolution in Dec 2015 and had a great time there. Strongly recommended, particularly if taking courses, as their instructors are top notch. We also took a few dives and I would say their DMs are great. On the Mandarin fish dive (Lighthouse), ours was the only group there that actually saw a pair mating at dusk. This was thanks to the DMs with their great knowledge of the area. The groups from the other shops failed to catch anything that night. On the Gato island trip, my wife reported that her DM took great care of the group, pointing out great stuff, paying attention to everyone's air, location, etc. I definitely will return to Evolution, particularly for upgrading my skills.

    To address a couple of points raised by others here - my group got a pretty warm welcome from the staff when we arrived. It was not by Matt or Dave though, as they were either off island or out training. I am under the impression that the welcome is the responsibility of other staff now while they focus on the management and training. Mo and others did a great job of welcoming us and getting us settled in, despite us arriving in the middle of the day when most of their team was out on dives already. We eventually did meet and have beers with Matt and Dave, as they hang out in the Craic Bar quite frequently and were quite friendly.

    Tjack - things have changed a bit since you visited in 2012 and staff have too. They definitely have a nice office where I paid my bills, rented additional equipment, etc. That said, the Craic house is a nice place to sit down, enjoy the breeze and pretend to work. I spent many an hour there.
  9. klausi

    klausi Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Dumaguete, Philippines
    I've dived Malapascua several times, always with Evolution, had a great time with them! The threshers are of course the highlight, but there is lots of nice marco there for those who look, especially on the house reef, which should really be called "house muck".

    Check out some of my shots from the last couple of years (link to Flickr):

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