World Dive Center is located just 25 meters from the main pier in Tonsai Bay. As you come off of the pier turn left and walk about 25 meters to find us.
Our center is relaxing and easy going place to take a free tea or coffee and plan your next diving day. On arrival, if you have not yet booked your accommodation then just stop by our center and our staff will be happy to give you a free map of the island and also some hints and tips on accommodation.
The Philosophy of World Dive Center
Because safety is important to us our boats are all insured and equipped with oxygen, radios and first aid. We are an affiliated member of HST – Hyperbaric Services Thailand whom operates the Re-Compression Chamber in Phi Phi hospital.
World Dive Center is a member of PIRA (PADI International Resort Association); a PADI Dive Resort. This means we meet and exceed the highest PADI quality and safety standards. We focus on safe diving practices, first aid and safety equipment on all dives. You will be guided or trained by reliable staff all of whom make you feel comfortable and safe at all times. Underwater we all speak the same language but above the waterline you can converse with our multi-lingual staff in your own language.
We have MARES BCDs and regulators all of which is well maintained, serviced and regularly renewed. We have sizes to suit all, from fins to tanks – extra large to extra small. If you are bringing your own equipment then you can leave it with us during your stay.
Because customer service is important to us we limit our group sizes to 4 guests per dive guide or instructor. Our staff shall take your equipment to the boat all you need take yourself.
Our boat are equipped with toilet and hand shower. So you can shower yourself and your stills camera or video. Drinking water tea and coffee are available for free on the boat.
We aim to be flexible so if you have a specific request we shall try and provide you a special needs and requirements.
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Phi Phi Info
A holiday haven for young and old alike, the island caters for everybody from backpackers’ families, fun-loving couples to those who simply want to get away from it all.
The heart of Phi Phi Don is located between the two bays of Tonsai and Loh Dahlum, where the majority of shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs can be found. Whilst there is accommodation within this bustling area, it is easy enough to escape to quieter surroundings within walking distance of the center, or for those who desire something a little more secluded, there are several exclusive resorts hiding to the north-east of the island, accessible only by taxi boat.
The absence of roads on the island is something which is celebrated by all arriving from the busy mainland. As ferries dock at the main pier, no motorized vehicles are used here, at least 50% of the island is composed of limestone cliffs and palm covered hills.
Phi Phi National Marine Park: For those wishing to explore the six islands of Phi Phi, there is no better way to discover them, than by local long tail boat. Visa Diving Center organizes these trips to suit you, with custom-made packages from two to six hour trips around any one or all of the islands. The warm waters surrounding Phi Phi are a great environment for both swimming and snorkeling.
With all of these activities to take part in, it is not surprising that you quickly build up an appetite, fortunately Koh Phi Phi Don is ready to answer to the tastes of all who come here, with a superb blend of Thai and Western food.
The following are some of our favorite venues:
Local Thai Food Market: Indulge in some of the best Thai cooking on the island for as little as 50 baht (1US$). Stalls with weird and wonderful ingredients await those wishing to get a real taste of Thailand. Make sure you’re hungry as the portions are big.
Cosmic: The islander’s favorite Western restaurant, serving some of the tastiest pizzas outside of Italy. A cozy venue where many of the instructors and dive masters can be found when not underwater!
Tom Yam: One of the best Thai restaurant on the island.
Anna’s: Nice and friendly atmosphere. Best food quality. Booked before it’s usually full every day.
With a full stomach, its time to burn off the calories at some of the islands lively bars and nightclubs. At the very center of town are Roling Stones and Reggae Bar, two clubs renowned for their crazy dancing and infamous “Thai-buckets” (a potent concoction containing Thai whiskey served in mini buckets). Reggae Bar is also known for its Muay Thai ring where resident Thai boxers come to compete and entertain tourists on a nightly basis.
For fire show, club and half moon parties, the beachside is a must.
How to get to Phi Phi Island
From Phuket, Thai Airways operates 10 to 12 flights a day between Bangkok and Phuket. Whilst from Krabi Thai Airways and Phuket Air operate about 5 flights per day from Bangkok to Krabi.
Morning ferries leave at 8.30am from Ratsada Pier in Phuket town. The afternoon ferries leave at 1.30pm and 2.30 pm from the Ratsada pier which is located on Koh Sirey Island in Phuket Town. All of these ferries arrive into the main pier in Tonsai Bay, Phi Phi Island with the journey taking about 1hour 45 mins. Ferry tickets are approx 300 -450 baht (7US$), and a taxi from the airport to the pier is 900 baht (12US$) per taxi or 100 baht (3US$) per person on the mini bus.
All ferries to Phi Phi Island leave from the new pier in Nam Luk. The journey to Phi Phi Island takes about 1 hour 30 mins. A taxi from Krabi airport to the ferry pier is about 400 Baht (10US$) whilst a mini bus is about 100 baht (3US$) per person. The ferry ticket to Phi Phi Island is about 200 to 250 Baht (5US$). The morning ferries depart from at 9.30AM and 11AM, whilst the afternoon ferries leave at 1.30PM and 3PM. All ferries from Krabi dock in Phi Phi Islands’ main pier in Tonsai Bay (the same pier as the Phuket Ferry’s dock on). Please note all times listed above are local times and all prices are approximate prices only.
Nationals from most Western Countries including Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand are granted a 30 day stay on arrival. Whereas nationals from other countries are required to produce a tourist visa, contact your local Thai consulate for more details. If you wish to stay longer than one month you can obtain a 3 month tourist visa and ask for multiple entries from your local Thai embassy or consulate.
Cash can be changed to Thailand’s currency (Thai Baht) on arrival at the airport. Once on Phi Phi Island you have access to the services of the commercial bank, the currency exchange services and ATM machines. Credit cards (not AMEX) are also accepted but cash is important in Thailand.
On Phi Phi Island there is a whole range of accommodation and all only a 5 mins walk for one of the islands beautiful beaches. A basic bungalow/guesthouse with fan, cold water and en suite bathroom from about 300 baht (7-10 US$) per night; air-con guesthouses/hotels from 800 – 1600 baht (20-40 US$) per night; and luxury resort hotel/bungalows from 2000 baht (50 US$) per night. If you are wanting budget accommodation then during the peak season (Dec – Jan) it wise you arrive on the morning ferries to avoid disappointment. You may stop by the dive shop which is just 50 meters from the pier, leave you bags and get some helpful hints and tips from our staff. If it is middle to high range accommodation you require, again during the peak season it is wise you make your booking in advance.
Thailand is famous for is delicious food and Phi Phi Island is no exception. You can sample the traditional Thai cuisine from the local vendors or from the numerous Thai restaurants on the island. If you are craving something western then on Phi Phi you have a choice of Italian and Scandinavian restaurants.
November thru to April is dry season with air temperatures of 30C/89F and sea temperatures of 29C/88F; sunny skies and calm seas. During this season all dive sites are accessible. From May thru to Oct is the rainy season with air temperature and sea temperature being as dry season; rain showers normally last about 2 – 3 hours but there are still many sunny days. Sea conditions are generally slightly rougher, so the further away dive sites of Hin Daeng and Koh Haa are not accessible.
You should take the normal precautions, like on any other journey. Malaria tablets are not necessary in the Phi Phi Island region. Phuket, a 45 min speedboat ride away has 3 international hospitals in case you should require any medical assistance.
The best diving season is from November to May, with whale sharks and Manta Rays being sighted throughout this period. The seas are at their calmest and the weather consistently sunny. All dive sites are accessible. However the rainy season (May thru to Oct) offers quieter dive sites and cheaper accommodation. The seas are slightly rougher and you can expect a few hours of rain per day. The further away dive sites of Hin Daeng and Koh Haa are not accessible during this season. The year round sea temperature is between 27-29 C / 83 -89 F. The dive sites in the Marine Park are generally a maximum depth of 18 meters, whereas the “special trips” of Koh Haa, the Wreck and Hin Daeng are a maximum depth of 30 meters. The currents are strongest around the full and black moon. During this time we can use the currents and drift dive along the walls. However as there are so many different dive sites in the Andaman Sea it is easy to choose dive sites to suit all styles of diving.
The Bida Islands – Phi Phi Marine Park
Bida Nok and Bida Nai are two small uninhabited islands south of Phi Phi Don which offer five different dives within themselves. Large rocks form a mountainous terrain featuring walls that drop to 30 meters, swim thrus, small inlets, sloping reefs and Giant sea fans often hiding Tiger tail seahorses. During the months of March, April and May Ornate ghost pipefish can be found. Bearded scorpion fish hide among the corals under hovering lionfish. Barracudas, Blue Fin trevallies and tuna can be seen out in the blue. Whilst Red Tail butterfly fish, Blue Ringed angel fish and Moorish Idols decorate the reef with their vivid colors. Sea Anemones complete with brilliantly colored clownfish cover the reefs. Leopard Sharks and Blue Spotted sting rays can be found on the shallow sand bottom, whilst Black Tip reef sharks cruise the outer reefs. Often the unexpected passes through with sightings of Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and Eagle Rays not being uncommon.
Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi Don – Phi Phi Marine Park
The two main Phi Phi Islands- offer 19 different dives along its fringing reefs. Walls, huge boulders, pinnacles and sloping reefs all play home to an amazing variety of fish life. Giant Gorgonian sea fans act as gates over the entrances of swim thrus, which in turn are full of glassfish all moving gracefully apart as you pass. Squid can be found hanging in the bays whilst Shaded batfish and Blue Striped snapper cruise the blue. Tigertail seahorses, Striped shrimp fish and Ornate ghost pipe fish can be spotted by the keen eyed diver or pointed out for you by our dive guides. For the nudi branch lovers you can see the “Pyllidiopsis phiphiensis” named after Phi Phi Island. A favorite with all are the Green and Hawksbill turtles often found munching on bubble coral on these reefs.
Kareng Heng and Hin Bida – Phi Phi Marine Park
Two sites near to Phi Phi are the shark points. 95% of the time these reefs live up to their name and play host to sleeping Leopard and Bamboo Sharks. Both reefs are circular, with a maximum depth of 20 meters. Kareng Heng is completely submerged with its top being covered by a bed of anemones. Giant Gorgonian Sea Fan, schools of barracudas and colorful reef fish make this a beautiful dive. Hin Bida is submerged only at high tide, with large boulders there are many places for small critters such as cleaner shrimps and coral crabs to hide. Great schools of Blue Striped snapper and Blue Fin trevally can be seen in the blue whilst anemones, soft corals and colorful reef fish are seen on the reef.
Kled Gaeow Wreck
Decommissioned in 2014, the ship was purposely sunk on 19 March 2014. The 47 metre long wreck sits almost upright (20 degree list) facing north to south (bow-stern), some 800-1000m to the east of Piley Bay (Ko Phi Phi Ley).
The top of the tower is around 14-16 meters deep (depending upon the tide), the main deck sits at 20 meters and the bottom is around 26 metres. Penetration is possible through a number of entries for divers with excellent buoyancy. Starting at the bow of the boat is a raised deck accessed via external stairs leading up from the main deck.
On the main deck next to the stairs are 2 doors into a large cooler room, or a further entrance into the compartment which used to house the anchor and chains. This compartment can alternatively be accessed through the roof hatch opening/porthole on the raised deck. Across the Main Deck towards the central section lays the mast (13.5 metres long), which was snapped so as not to present an obstacle for any boats overhead.
There is a large 3m long hatch on the deck where you can look down to the deck/hull below and penetrate here if wanted. Be aware that once you have entered this opening penetration towards to the central area is dark, via a guide rope and suffers low visibility.
Diving Phi Phi and surrounds
We have diving trips every day. There are different trips for you to choose from:
Marine Park – At 30-40 min boat ride from the dive center with a choice of over 12 different sites.
Schedule : Every day. Start from 7.50 am to 1.30pm or 1.30pm to 5.30pm
Wreck trip – At 40 min boat ride from the dive center.
Schedule : Every day. Start from 7.50 am to 1.30pm or 1.30pm to 5.30pm
Night Dive – A 10 to 20 minute boat ride from the dive center. 1 dive.
Schedule : Every day. Start from 6pm to 8pm
PADI – the Professional Association of Diving Instructors – is the largest dive training organization in the world. Anyone from age 10 upwards in good health can enroll in a PADI diving course, whilst children as young as 8 years can still dive with the PADI Bubble maker course. Before you can enroll on your dive course, you must sign a medical statement saying that you are fit to dive. If you have any pre-existing conditions, then they must be signed off by a doctor. You do not need to be a “good” swimmer but you must be comfortable in the water. As part of your PADI Open Water course you will be required to show your instructor that you can float for 10 mins and either do a 200 meter swim or a 300 meter snorkel. If for whatever reason you cannot complete the course you will be granted credit for the parts that you have completed and given a referral certification so that you can complete the course in any PADI center, anywhere in the world, within the year.
Discover Scuba Diving
“Try” diving by being introduced to the magic of the underwater realm in a fun, safe manner. After a short basic theory session you are taken into the water with your PADI Instructor where you can experience “your first breath”. Here you learn and master a few practical skills before you are taken on two reef dives in the Phi Phi Marine Park. This dive can also be credited towards you PADI Open Water course
Scuba Diver Course
Want to get a certification but are pushed for time? The PADI Scuba Diver course is for you. The course takes just two days and certifies you to dive to 12 meters with a PADI professional. The license is internationally valid and lasts a life time. At anytime (there are no time limits) you can upgrade your license to the PADI Open Water Diver course – anywhere in the world in any PADI center.
Open Water Diver Course
Get certified and become a diver. If you have just 3 or 4 days then you can become a certified diver. With beach dives, 4 boat dives and classroom sessions you will learn to plan and dive safe dives to a maximum depth of 18 meters. The theory lessons take place in our air-conditioned classrooms, with plenty of free refreshments. The practical lessons begin with training dives on our house reef, followed by four boat dives in the marine park.
Has it been a while since you last dived? Then we suggest a refresher to tune up your dive skills. One of our PADI professionals shall refresh your knowledge both practically (get wet!!) and theoretically (do you remember those tables??) in this short one day course.
Adventure Diver Course
Choose any three adventure dives from a choice of 12 (listed below) to open your eyes to different aspects of diving.
- Fish ID
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Search and Recovery
- Multi-level and Computer Diving
Advanced Open Water Diver Course
The two core dives are a deep dive (18 -30 meters) and a Navigational training dive plus any three dives from the choices below.
- Fish ID
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Search and Recovery
- Multi-level and Computer Diving
EFR – Emergency First Response
Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You gain the confidence that you are prepared to help in an emergency. EFR is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers.
- BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson
- AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
- Preventing and caring for shock
- Spinal injury management
- Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
- Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations
“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.