These days, you can find everything from basic simple wooden huts with thatched roofs to exotic up-market villas with their own private swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Koh Tao's first, and until recently, only road was built, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee beach to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is being developed on the way to Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the far side of Koh Taofor greater development, it is accessable with care at the moment by 4x4.
Local farmers and fishermen realised that major business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, immediately began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach always are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more hidden bays and beaches.
Here they discovered some thing more then just a new island to explore and soon the backpacker network was buzzing about the exiting newly found island paradise of Koh Tao.
Hyptomised by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local divecentres available.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others claim its from the days when the sea around KoTao was rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding ground.
Engrossed by the stunning coral reefs around KohTao, and the increase in recreational scuba diving, some enterprises set up a diving shop on the island. These companies in turn constructed accommodationfor their clientele, and over the years quite a few of these resortschanged into a quite developed places.
The islands reputation spread and rapidly got bigger as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.