In the beginning of 80's brought to Koh Toa some of the first visitors from Koh Phanganwho were looking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Ko Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the superb newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the beautiful crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, back packers soon came in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its standing for gorgeous nature, outstanding marine life and astonishing landscapes grew, easier access was offered when improved and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back packers, being engrossed to the island.
During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest diveoperation centres in Thailand, bringing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
It seems wierd that such a tourist paradise should have been originally setup as a prison.
Departures and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common place, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
Unlike before 2000, visitors can get today everything from economical straightforward wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to stylish expensive places with private swimming pool and facilities.
The islandof Kho Tao is one of the country's amazing tropical paradise. Blessed with postcard like beaches and secluded bays, tourists from all over the world come back year after year to soak up the unique Thai culture.
Throughout the last 12 years KoTao has changed in many ways as it strived to become one of the best diveislands in Southeast Asia, drawing all levels of water lovers and diversalike.
Despite KohTaostill being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.