During the last 11 odd years the islandhas changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
This was at the same time that the first settlers laid claim to a large part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
Ko Tao is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
The given name KoToa means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an inverted turtle whilst others claim it's from the day's when the sea near the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
In those days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weatherand seas permitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
There is a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalowson Ko Tao for differnt kind of budget, availible to book in advance here.
KohTao islandis situated approximately 65 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and its approximatly 22 km in size - so small but not too small.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't avert those fortune hunters from staking their claim. The first generation of todays community started to settle when they brought their families to KoToa and began to cultivate and yield the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Despite it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of verification of the massive coconut plantations throughout the island.