The early 80's brought to KoTao some of the very first travellers from Kohphanganwho were looking for something different away from the masses & crowds who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Koh Phangan.
Unlike a few years ago, visitors can find today everything from low-cost simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish chic villas with their own private swimming pool and facilities.
It has so much to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted backpackers here in the 1st place, its still a petite piece of tropical paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of visitors coming to Koh Tao have changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, young travellers along their way North to Bangkok and beyond.
It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been first setup as a prison.
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 divecentres available.
Ko Tao is an islandof real beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday away from stress, kicked back and relaxed or active and fast paced.
In the early days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat journey 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.