Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding the island, and the quick growth in sport diving, quite a few companies have established diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
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.
Not like before 2000, you can find today everything from inexpensive basic wooden huts with thatched roofs to graceful up-market villas with a private swimming pool and facilities.
Over the last twelve years Ko Toa has altered in many ways as it strived to become one of the foremost dive islands in Thailand, attracting all levels of water lovers and divers alike.
The name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others say its from the days when the sea surrounding KohTaowas rich with turtles and the islandwas their main breeding ground.
In the early days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat trip from near by islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted but the population continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering different food from around the world.
The most visited of the bay, Sairee Beach most of the time are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more secluded bays and beaches.