In the beginning of 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the very first people from KohPhanganwho were looking for something new away from the masses and crowds who were going barmy for the full moonparties on KohPhangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was energetic about the superb newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the outstanding crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-cost living, back packers soon arrived in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then setbacks of several days were regular. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its status for stunning nature, unique marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was offered when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of backpackers, being engrossed to the island.
These days, you can get everything from basic simple bamboo bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant high class villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Koh Tao's very first, and until recently, only road was built, it runs South to North from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction towards Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the other side of the island for greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major dive operation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and quickly got bigger as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
A huge variety of marine life and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other day time activities now include kayaking and Mountain Treks.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle islandhas retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everybody's needs and expeniture.
Their lives consisted of collecting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves with fishing.