This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not thwart these fortune seekers from staking their claim. The very first generation of todays community started to settle when they brought their families to KoTao and began to cultivate and reap the rich earth and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Even though it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see plenty of evidence of the huge plantations everywhere on the island.
Throughout the last thirteen years KohTaohas altered in a number of ways as it developed to become one of the best diveislands in Thailand, bringing in all levels of water lovers and diversalike.
KoTao is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.Ko Tao is a small island near Chumphon.
Local farmers and fishermen recognised that business people from outside Thailand were expanding Ko Tao to accommodate all these new customers and they too immediately initated a businesses to fulfil the customers demands.
From the original bamboo A-Frame huts on the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of strangers other wise known as farangs.
It seems wierd that such a tourist paradise should have been originally constructed as a prison.
The early 80's brought to full moon party on Ko Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer groups were energetic about the superb newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the stunning powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, back-packers soon arrived in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then setbacks of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its status for gorgeous nature, outstanding marine life and astonishing landscapes grew, easier access was made available when improved and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of visitors, being engrossed to the island.