It has much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted tourists here in the 1st place, its still a little piece of paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of tourist coming to the islandhave changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local dive shops available.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current re-development, Turtle island has retained it's magic, though it now caters for everybody's needs and expeniture.
Ko Tao has many popular activities one being scuba diving at most of Ko Tao bays.
Now a days, you can find everything from cheap simple bamboo bungalowswith thatched roofs to exotic high class villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Ko Tao's first, and until recently, only road was constructed, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed towards Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the other side of Koh Taofor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
The early 80's brought to Koh Taosome of the first people from KoPhangan who were looking for something innovative away from the masses and crowds who were going nuts for the Full Moonparties on Koh Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was vivacious about the breathtaking newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the beautiful pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, backpackerssoon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its standing for dazzling nature, extraordinary marine life and astonishing landscapes grew, easier access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of backpackers, being attracted to the island.
Kho Tao's climateis the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Clear days and a steady ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, late December to late of March is the ideal vacation island experience.