In the begeining this petite islandwas not inhabited, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who got to KoTao by boat from the next islandof Kohpangan, KoTao was still under protection of the king in those days but it did not prevent these fortune seekers from claiming their stake of land.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and rapidly got bigger as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
The most visited of the bay, Sairee Beach always have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded beaches and bays.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't thwart these fortune hunters from making their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to Ko Tao and began to cultivate and reap the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Despite it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see lots of confirmation of the very large coconut plantations all over the island.
The 1st generation of today's community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and started to harvest and cultivate the very rich.
Departures and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day. KohTaois surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.