They were all repatriated and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTaowas deserted yet again.
Fascinated by the beautiful coral reefs around KohTao, and the escalation in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies established a diving shop on Koh Tao. These companies in turn developed accommodationfor their customers, and after a while a lot of these places transformed into quite luxurious.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing the island has kept its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
The early 80's brought to KohTao some of the very first backpackers from Kho Phangan who were looking for some thing different away from the masses & crowds who were going crazy for the full moon parties on Ko Phangan.
At first this little islandhad no one living on it, frequented only by fisherman from near by islands when looking for shelter during thunder storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach most of the time are filled up with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded beaches and bays.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Ko Tao was home to political prisoners. Being positioned about 75 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Unlike a few years ago, guests can find today everything from inexpensive plain wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish up-market villas with private facilities and swimming pool.