In those days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat journey from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Immediately following the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of visitors coming to KohTaohave changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, year out students along their way North to Bangkok and beyond.
In the beginning of 1980's brought to Koh Tao some of the very first people from KohPhangan who were searching for something innovative away from the masses and crowds who were going crazy for the full moon party on KoPhangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to explore and soon the back-packer groups were energetic about the fantastic newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the striking powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its name for stunning nature, excellent marine life and mind-blowing landscapes grew, easier access was made available when improved and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of visitors, being attracted to the island.
During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest dive destinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
The early 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first travellers from Ko Phanganwho were looking for some thing different away from the masses and crowds who were going nuts for the full moonparties on Kohphangan.
The settlers lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course sustaining themselves through fishing. In those early days getting to KoToa required a dangerous boat journey from the nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weather& seas permitted, but the inhabitants continued to multiply progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without much return.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.
Despite Ko Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see loads of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.