Leisure Dive Center

About Us

Laemtong is a beautiful secluded beach on the northern end of Phi Phi Islands, Krabi province. There are 4 grand resorts here: PP. Erawan Palms Resort, Phi Phi Natural Resort, PP. Holiday Inn resort and Zeavola Resort. The Andaman Wave Master ferry runs between Phuket’s Rassada pier and Laemtong twice daily, and from Tonsai Pier 4 times daily

Leisure Dive Center sits in the middle of the beach, with Holiday Inn and Erawan Palms on our left, and Zeavola and Natural on our right. You can easily spot our location by our lifeguard tower.

We are a registered PADI dive center (registration R-36221) teaching all courses from the 1/2 day Discover Scuba and 2-day Scuba Diver course right up to professional Divemaster course. We also provide single dives and half-day trips for certified divers of all experience levels. We speak English, French, German and Swiss German.

Leisure Dive Center

Our Team

Our Equipment

Phi Phi Ferry Timetable

Diving Medical

PADI Medical Statement

Welcome to Leisure Dive Center! We are a small and friendly PADI dive center located on Laemtong beach, north Phi Phi Island. Rated as one of the beautiful islands in the world, Koh Phi Phi is a 2 hour ferry ride from Phuket and Krabi.

Situated away from the busy Tonsai bay you can learn to scuba dive in paradise and visit some of the best dive sites in Thailand on our daily half day trips, then relax in the evenings on the most peaceful beach on Phi Phi. Leisure Dive Center is an independent PADI registered dive shop (R-36221) located on Laemtong Beach, North Koh Phi Phi. We have 4 resorts all within 5 minutes walk along the beach front from our dive shop: Zeavola, Holiday Inn, Erawan Palms and Phi Phi Natural. We offer scuba diving trips for all experience levels around the local marine park and further sites in the Andaman sea region.

Want to know more? Send us an email at leisuredivecenter@gmail.com with any questions you may have, or simply pop in to see us when you arrive.

Leisure Dive Center uses Aqualung and Mares diving equipment.

Which exposure suit?

The sea temperature on Phi Phi island is a comfortable 27-29 degrees celsius year-round. We provide 3mm short-sleeved neoprene wetsuits to our divers, although some prefer to simply dive in shorts and a rash guard vest. If you are bringing your own equipment with you, we would suggest a 3mm short or long neoprene exposure suit.

Equipment Sales

Leisure Dive Center stocks dive and snorkel equipment. All sets we sell are made of high quality tempered glass and silicone, making them long lasting and also suitable for scuba diving. We also stock snorkels, t-shirts, rash vests, dry bags and small dive accessories.

Bring your own equipment and receive a discount on your dives! Leisure Dive Center offers 5% discount for bringing your own BCD, and 5% for your own regulator.

Interested in diving with us?

Leisure Dive Center is located on Laemtong beach with PP Erawan Palms, PP Natural, Zeavola and Holiday Inn resorts all within 5 minutes walking distance. Contact us here for more information or to book a trip.

Tanks

We use 12 litre aluminium tanks with yoke (int.) connection. DIN adapters are available for rent at B100 per day, or free of charge if you dive with us for 3 or more days.

Getting to Laemtong beach, Phi Phi Island

Laemtong is on the north end of Phi Phi island, facing Bamboo and Mosquito islands. The most common way of getting to Phi Phi is by ferry, with routes from Phuket, Krabi, Railay, Ao Nang and Koh Lanta operating daily (schedule changes between high season and low season). All ferries stop at the main pier in Tonsai (Phi Phi’s main town). However Andaman Wavemaster make a second stop at Laemtong beach after dropping people off in Tonsai, making it the most convenient option for those coming from Phuket and staying at Holiday Inn, Zeavola, Natural or Erawan Palms. When the ferry arrives in Laemtong traditional long-tail boats will fetch you and bring you to shore.

If you are arriving from Krabi or another location other than Phuket, you have 2 choices to get to Laemtong: either a private longtail or the Andaman Wavemaster transfer boat. A private longtail will take around 30-40 minutes and cost about B1000. Otherwise you can jump on the Andaman Wavemaster ferry for the last portion of their route (Tonsai to Laemtong) which costs B200 per person.

You also have the option to walk between Tonsai and Laemtong, but this takes around 1.5 hours. The path is clearly marked but we recommend only going in daylight hours and if it hasn’t been raining too heavily (the mud can get very slippery).


Phuket to Laemtong Ferry Times:

Departs from Rassada pier, only 10 minutes from Phuket Town or 40 minutes from Phuket International airport.

  • Morning: Departs Phuket 8.30 | Arrives Tonsai 10.30 | Arrives Laemtong 11.30
  • Afternoon: Departs Phuket 13.30 | Arrives Tonsai 15.30 | Arrives Laemtong 16.30

Laemtong to Phuket Ferry Times:

Longtail boats will take you to the ferry from your hotel reception (included in the ferry ticket price). Be at the reception 15 minutes before departure time.

  • Morning: Departs Laemtong 7.30 | Departs Tonsai 9.00 | Arrives Phuket 11.00
  • Afternoon: Departs Laemtong 13.30 | Departs Tonsai 14.30 | Arrives Phuket 16.30

Laemtong to Tonsai (Phi Phi town):

You can jump on the main ferry going to/ arriving from Phuket for a transfer to Laemtong beach all year round, and in high season (November to April) there is also a smaller transfer boat running between Phi Phi town (Tonsai) and Laemtong. The cost is B200 per person each way. The journey time is approx. 30 minutes.


Tonsai to Phi Phi Town (Tonsai):

Answering ‘yes’ to some of the conditions above does not necessarily mean that you cannot scuba dive. If you are unsure or have any questions, you can contact us for more information. In most cases you simply need to visit your local doctor (GP) at home with the relevant diving medical clearance form (we can email this to you upon request) so they can conduct an examination and declare you medically fit/unfit for diving.

We do have a hospital and several clinics here on Phi Phi island which can conduct diving medicals but they are all based in the main town (Tonsai), around 30 minutes by boat from Laemtong beach. We strongly recommend visiting your own doctor at home for the medical check before you go as they will have better equipment and knowledge of your personal medical history.

The medical questions above are for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience programme. For the PADI Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses, please see the questions on the next page.

Are you fit for diving? Most people in reasonably good health are able to scuba dive, but there is a short medical questionnaire which needs to completed before you can enter the water. Below we have listed the questionnaires for the Discover Scuba Diving programme and PADI course programmes (e.g. Open Water, Advanced Open Water). You should be able to answer ‘no’ to all the conditions listed.


Discover Scuba Diving
  • Do you currently have an ear infection?
  • Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss or problems with balance?
  • Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
  • Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis or bronchitis?
  • Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attacks of hay fever or allergies or lung disease?
  • Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or history of chest surgery?
  • Do you have active asthma or history of emphysema or tuberculosis?
  • Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
  • Do you have behavioural health, mental or psychological problems or a nervous system disorder?
  • Are you or could you be pregnant?
  • Do you have a history of colostomy?
  • Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
  • Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
  • Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
  • Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
  • Do you have a history of diabetes?
  • Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
  • Do you have a history of back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
  • Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?
PADI Medical Statement

If you plan on taking a PADI scuba diving course on Phi Phi Island, please check through the medical questions on this page first. When you register for any PADI course including Scuba Diver, Open Water and Advanced Open Water, you’ll need to fill in this questionnaire before getting into the water. You should be able to answer ‘no’ to all the following questions:


  • Could you be pregnant, or are you attempting to become pregnant?
  • Are you presently taking prescription medications? (with the exception of birth control or anti-malarial)
  • Are you over 45 years of age and can answer YES to one or more of the following?
  • currently smoke a pipe, cigars or cigarettes
  • have a high cholesterol level
  • have a family history of heart attack or stroke
  • are currently receiving medical care
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes mellitus, even if controlled by diet alone
  • Have you ever had or do you currently have…
  • Asthma, or wheezing with breathing, or wheezing with exercise?
  • Frequent or severe attacks of hayfever or allergy?
  • Frequent colds, sinusitis or bronchitis?
  • Any form of lung disease?
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)?
  • Other chest disease or chest surgery?
  • Behavioural health, mental or psychological problems (panic attack, fear of closed or open spaces)?
  • Epilepsy, seizures, convulsions or take medication to prevent them?
  • Recurring complicated migraine headaches or take medications to prevent them?
  • Blackouts or fainting (full/partial loss of consciousness)?
  • Frequent or severe suffering from motion sickness (seasick, carsick etc.)
  • Dysentery or dehydration requiring medical intervention?
  • Any dive accidents or decompression sickness?
  • Inability to perform moderate exercise (e.g. walk 1.6 km/one mile within 12 mins)?
  • Head injury with loss of consciousness in the past five years?
  • Recurrent back problems?
  • Back or spinal surgery?
  • Diabetes?
  • Back, arm or leg problems following surgery, injury or fracture?
  • High blood pressure or take medicine to control blood pressure?
  • Heart disease?
  • Heart attack?
  • Angina, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
  • Sinus surgery?
  • Ear disease or surgery, hearing loss or problems with balance?
  • Recurrent ear problems?
  • Bleeding or other blood disorders?
  • Hernia?
  • Ulcers or ulcer surgery?
  • A colostomy or ileostomy?
  • Recreational drug use or treatment for, or alcoholism in the past five years?

If you are unsure or have a ‘yes’ to any of the conditions listed above, you can contact us for more information. Replying ‘yes’ does not necessarily mean that you cannot scuba dive, but you may need to visit a doctor for a diving medical examination to get clearance for scuba diving.

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