In the early days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weather& seas permitted but the population continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as farangs.
Ko Tao is small; 21 square kilometer and half of that too steep to get to.
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who got to Ko Tao by boat from the next island of Koh Panghan, KohTao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it did not stop those fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
Without question, Kho Tao has some of the best beaches anywhere in SE Asia.
They were all released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTaowas deserted yet again.
Their lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course nourishing themselves with fishing. In those early days reaching KoToa was a treacherous boat ride from the nearby islands or the main land, if and when the weather& seas permitted, but the residents continued to grow progressively all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without a great deal of reward.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle as well, just check out our web site for all the local diveshops available.