The early 1980's brought to KoToa some of the very first people from KohPhanganwho were searching for something new away from the crowds and masses who were going nuts for the full moonparties on Ko Phangan. Here they located something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackernetwork was buzzing about the fantastic newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the outstanding crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, backpackerssoon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then hold-ups of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its standing for stunning nature, outstanding marine life and remarkable landscapes grew, simple access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of visitors, being attracted to the island.
Initially this little island had no one living on it, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Strange, but true, from 1933-1947 Ko Tao housed political prisoners. Being situated about 70 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Kohtao changed in the last years to a divers top destination in South Thailand.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, outstanding marine life and amazing landscapes got bigger, easier access was available as soon as better constructed were brought in to cope with the large number of visitors being attracted to the island.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of visitors visiting Koh Taohave changed, previously it had been a Mecca for back packers, year out students along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.
It has loads to offer but hasn't lost what attracted tourists here in the 1st place, it's still a petite piece of paradise for all to share and enjoy.
While visting Ko Tao visitors can see amazing picture-postcard views of shady palms , crystal clear lagoons and beautiful sunsets