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Evolution ranked #2 in the Green Fins Top Ten!

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We are very happy to announce that this November Evolution has achieved the lofty position of No. 2 in the Green Fins Top Ten members. Making us one of the most environmentally friendly dive and snorkel operators in the world.

Since Evolution’s inception it has always been part of our mission statement to be environmentally aware and as sustainable as possible, both in and out of the water. On land we’ve taken actions such as not using plastic straws since 2010, using only LED lightbulbs and rechargeable batteries, and generally recycling and reusing whereever possible.

But for most of our guests the place where they can have the most direct impact is when they are diving. Bad diving technique and bad diveshop practices can have a very negative effect on the marine environment, and we’ve always strived to avoid this by educating divers and aiming to use best practices for operation of our facilities and dive boats.

So when Green Fins first came to Malapascua in 2012 to assess all the diveshops, we were more than happy to receive their feedback and try and improve. That first year we did pretty well and were already below(low scores mean low environmental impact) the Filipino average, but we still had room for improvement. Over the years we have made changes to our practices and procedures to try and have minimal impact on the environment, and we have gradually improved each year, and even reached the Top 10 of Green Fins members worldwide a few years ago.

Green Fins is the ONLY environmental assessment in the Philippines (and 8 other countries) with actual on-site human assessors, scoring and metrics tabulated over 5 consecutive years, and we’re very proud that this year we’ve continued to improve and reduce our impact on the environment.

Congratulations to all our staff who work hard to implement these practices and procedures on a daily basis, and thanks to all our guests who have shown their support for the environment by choosing us to dive with. If you want to help reduce your environmental impact whilst diving with us then ask about extra buoyancy training to improve your skills and dive more like a pro!

In addition to that, if you are interested in other ways you can help the environment ask us more about our Thresher Shark monitoring program, divesite cleanup dives, or mooring buoy installations.

For more information on any of this just email us on info@evolution.com.ph
 
 

Whiskey in the Jar

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When Barry Crockett wrapped up a 50 year career producing some of the finest Irish Whiskies for Midleton Distillery in County Cork, little did he know that his finest accolade would eventually come getting name checked in Evolution’s blog.  And his second biggest accolade was having a very rare and simply exquisite single pot still Midleton Whiskey named after him and it is now available in The Craic House and is certainly the only bottle in the Philippines.

‘Midleton, Barry Crockett Legacy’ has an elegant aroma of vanilla and toasted cork and has a,lght pepper and citrus taste and has spent 18 years maturing in American Oak barrels before turning up on our shore.

With 17 Irish Whiskies currently available in The Craic House we have something for everyone, from pub classics like Paddy and Powers to some real treats like the boutique dram Jack Ryan’s single malt, the wonderfully peaty Connemara single malt and Dublin stalwarts of Teelings and Jamesons.

Come and enjoy a taste of the aul sod on the white sand beach of Malapascua and raise a glass to Barry.

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Never Stop Cleaning!

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Yesterday the 22nd of October we sent three of our DM’s and few other certified staff divers for yet another reef clean up dive. We went to a dive site that has not been cleaned before, and also happens to be heavily used for training, because of the shallow water, and being on a quite sheltered side of the island.

Knowing we had strong wind coming off the mainland for the past week, we where expecting more trash than we normally would, but our divers came back on the boat after an hour, and were happy to report back that they did not find as much trash as expected. That being said, we still collected about 5kg of trash, which is more than we would like to see on any dive site.

Huge thanks to our staff for making time to help clean up our precious dive sites. It’s always great when our staff decide to go out and make a difference to the place we call our office. Kudos!

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reef cleaning malapascua philippines

reef cleaning malapascua philippines

The benefits of using a dive computer

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If you don’t currently dive with a computer, you may have noticed many do, and there’s a reason why!

Coming in all varieties of size, colour, displays and specifications suited for your level of diving, there’s a perfect computer for everyone and maybe more affordable than you think. From glamorous small face computers which have the added benefit of doubling up as a casual watch, making it more than convenient for holidays; or the large face computer option which has a large and easily readable display for those without good eye sight as well as diving in poor visibility, and more usable with gloved hands in temperate waters. 

But why splash the cash and dive with a computer?

For starters, your computer has an array of sensors which can provide information such as depth, temperature as well as bottom time; and from this calculates how long you can safely spend at a given depth without having to do compulsory decompression stops before you surface. We call this a ‘No Decompression Limit’ (aka NDL) and is determined by constantly monitoring your exposure at an increased pressure of an inert gas. Because of this computers allow us to be more flexible with our diving allowing us to do multilevel profiles, as apposed to the traditional U shape profile tables offer.   

The safety factor computers offer is also important as if for any reason your dive doesn’t go exactly to plan it will constantly recalculate your NDL, but also if limits were exceeded it will provide the information on how to safely surface. Most computers also have ascent rates displayed and alarms if limits are exceeded, reducing the risk of accidental rapid ascents.  

Ever found logging your dives a slight burden?

Well you needn’t worry once you get a computer, as they log your dives for you! With some brands and models offering an interactive logged dive profile, seeing variations in depth and time. Some brands also provide an application for computers where you can dock your dive computer and upload all the information from previous dives, allowing you to add additional information where necessary such as dive site, dive buddy, and additional notes. 

All in all dive computers are the way of the future and make your leisurely diving that bit more relaxed!

Here at Evolution we offer computers from right at the start, when you do our PADI Open Water course to get you truly familiar with their use at an early point, and even offer a choice of 2 brands to see which one you like.

When you are next here, come and inquire about our Suunto and Shearwater stock we carry.

One year ago today our beloved Thresher Sharks were moved to Appendix II by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  This means that in the Philippines it is no longer legal to fish them under Philippines Republic Act 10654.  A twelve month moratorium was announced and that officially lapsed yesterday, October 4th 2017.

Evolution happily represented the Malapascua business and conservation sector today at a press conference at the Capitol site of Cebu where the press and interested parties were informed of the new changes and what they mean for fisherfolk around the country and especially in Malapascua.

The challenge now is to improve protection, education and enforcement for these amazing creatures to ensure generations to come can enjoy a unique interaction with them here at Malapascua.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

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Trash from land will be carried into the ocean with the wind. In the ocean it will eventually wash up on land. This is a bad cycle. A cycle we do our best to break by removing the trash from both the ocean and land.

The 16th of September 2017 was International Coastal Clean Up Day.  A day where people all over the world can make an effort to join in and remove some of the trash polluting our precious coasts. Of course, this is something that we at Evolution are very passionate about.

In the morning we started with our famous Light House / Mandarin dive site and Los Bamboos; two of the most frequently visited dive sites. Sadly, these sites are also prone to trash drifting in from the mainland and the local villages. We sent 12 divers to cover the biggest possible area, and within just an hour they had collected 25kg of trash!

In the afternoon we joined the island beach clean up at Barrio beach. This beach as well as the dive sites, is also prone to rubbish being washed in from the mainland and the main village on our island. Our team of 25 people picked up trash from the north part of the beach, and had quickly filled more than 8 large rice sacks with trash!

With the help of locals, we aim to keep spreading the message to keep our beautiful island free of trash, and reduce the amount of non-recyclables such as plastic bags etc!

Today was a great effort,  and we’d like to give a big shout out to everyone who helped.