In the begeining this petite islandhad no one living on it, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when looking for shelter during thunder storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
During the last 10 odd years the islandhas changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Departures and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Ko Tao's reputation spread and quickly got bigger as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
On June the 18th 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited Koh Taoand left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
It seems wierd that such a tourist paradise should have been originally earmarked as a prison.
On Kohtaoyou can see typical picture-postcard views of swaying palm trees , crystal clear lagoons and breathtaking mountain views
KoTao is a small island, only twenty two square km and nearly half of that too rugged to access. At first the islandwas not populated, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when looking for a safe haven during thunderstorms or when in need of fresh water and food. It seems odd that such a tourist paradise should have been in earlier times set up as a top-security prison. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being nearly 70 kilometers from the mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KoToa is surrounded by lots of Black Tip & Whale sharks as well.