Attracted by the stunning coral reefs surrounding Ko Toa, and the escalation in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises started a scuba diving businesses on the island. These enterprises in turn developed accommodationfor their clientele, and over the years many of these places changed into a quite lavish.
These days, you can get everything from cheap simple wooden huts with palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's first, and until recently, only road was laid, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed towards Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the other side of the islandfor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
Koh Tao is a small island, only 22 square kilometres with almost half of that too steep to access. To begin with the island was not colonized, frequented only by fisherman from nearby islands while on the lookout for refuge during heavy storms or when they require clean water and food. It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been previously set up as a prison. Strange, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being nearly 70 kilometers from the mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Tao is surrounded by loads of Black Tip ans Whale sharks as well.
Starting withing the first A-Frame coconut and bamboo bungalows right on the beach for thrity Baht for a day, to very simple thatched bungalows, the native Phangan clans decided swiftly to this incursion of strangers otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting to the business.
Kohtao's climateis during all seasons beautiful. Nice weatherdays and a refreshing ocean breeze nearly everyday. For the purists, late December to late of March is the perfect vacation islandexperience.
In the early days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat journey from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward. Kohtaooffers many popular things to do one being scuba diving at most of the islandbeaches.
The early 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the first travellers from Kohpanganwho were looking for something new away from the masses and crowds who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Koh Phangan.