The most visited of the beach, Sairee Beach always are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more secluded bays and beaches.
KoToa is a small island, only 22 sq km with about half of that too rough to get to. At first the islandwas not populated, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands while in search of a safe haven during thunderstorms or when they require fresh water and supplies. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been firstly set up as a top-security prison. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the islandhoused political prisoners. Being virtually seventy kilometers from the nearby mainland meant it was somewhat escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip & Whale sharks too.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't avert these fortune hunters from staking their claim. The first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to KoToa and began to farm and harvest the rich earth and natural resources on offer. Despite it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the large coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the growth in sport diving, quite a few companies have established diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn developed exclusive resorts for their customers, and over the years several of these resorts have become quite plush.
Koh Toa's reputation spread and quickly enlarged as it broadly became known throughout the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
A enormous range of fishes and some fantastic coral reefs offer diversunrivalled adventures. Other day time activities now include kite surfing and fishing tours.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached the islandby boat from the next islandof Kohpangan, Koh Taowas still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't prevent those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
Ko Tao is little; 22 square kilometer and fifty percent of that too steep to get to.