These days, you can find everything from cheap simple bamboo bungalowswith palm leaf roofs to elegant high class villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's KoTao's very first, and until recently, only road was constructed, it runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction towards Tanote Bay, and when finised it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
Suddenly the islandferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children as well.
Here they found something more then just a new island to explore and soon the backpacker network was buzzing about the exiting newly found island paradise of KoTao.
Hyptomised by the beautiful beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
KoTao is little; 22 sq km and fifty per cent of that too steep to access.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 the islandhoused political prisoners. Being positioned about 70 kilometres from the mainland meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KohTaois surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
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.
The name KoTao means 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 claim its from the days when the water around the islandwas swimming with turtles and the island was their main breeding area.