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.
It has lots to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted tourists here in the first place, it's still a little piece of paradise for all to share and enjoy.
From the very first bamboo A-Frame bungalows on the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackers other wise known as Ferangs.
Koh Tao now has 24 hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir built to make sure that even in the dry periods there is enough water for all.
The islandis surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't inhibit these fortune seekers from making their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to Ko Toa and began to farm and yield the rich earth and natural resources the island had to offer. Even though it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the very large coconut plantations throughout the island.
All the prisoners were all repatriated and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and Koh Taowas a desert island yet again.
The 1st generation of today's community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and started to harvest & cultivate the on offer.