During the last 11 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major diveoperation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike. Kohtaois in the middle of a tropical paradise with a lot of postcard like palms and green turquoise waters.
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 dive centres available.
The settlers lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, developing vegetables & fruit and of course sustaining themselves with fishing. In those days getting to Koh Tao required a dangerous boat ride from the nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weather & seas permitted, but the population continued to increase progressively all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without a large amount reward.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding the island, and the quick growth in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies have setup diving businesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
It began with the original A-Frame coconut and bamboo huts on the beach for twenty Baht a night, to quite simple thatched bungalows, the native Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of visitors otherwise called Farangs, by adapting .
The given name KoTao means Turtle Island; many say that the name is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an upside down turtle while others state it's from the day's when the sea nearby the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding spot.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip flops?!, and some had children too.