Ko Tao is little; 20 sq kilometer and fifty per cent of that too steep to get to.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not thwart those fortune hunters from staking their claim. The very first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to farm and yield the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see loads of verification of the large plantations throughout the island.
Not like before 2000, you can get now everything from low-cost simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish expensive places with private swimming pool and facilities.
During the last twelve years KoTao has transformed in a number of ways as it developed to become one of the best dive destinations in Southeast Asia, bringing in all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local diveshops available.
These days, you can get everything from cheap simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to exotic up-market villas with their very own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's the islands very first, and until recently, only road was constructed, 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 once finised it will open up the far side of the islandfor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
Here they found some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the exiting newly found island paradise of KoTao.
In ore by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
KoToa is a very little island, only 20 sq km with almost half of that too rough to attain. To begin with the island was not colonized, frequented only by fisherman from nearby islands when seeking shelter during heavy storms or when in need of clean water and supplies. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been in the beginning set up as a prison. Strange, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being virtually 70 km from the mainland meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KoTao is surrounded by loads of Black Tip & Whale sharks as well.