The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim. The very first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to Ko Toa and began to farm and harvest the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of proof of the large coconut plantations throughout the island.
The early 1980's brought to KohTaosome of the very first visitors from KohPhanganwho were looking for something new away from the masses and crowds who were going crazy for the full moonparties on KoPhangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to explore and soon the backpackergroups were energetic about the amazing newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the stunning powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then setbacks of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Consequently, as its status for attractive nature, unique marine life and staggering landscapes grew, easier access was made available when improved and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back-packers, being attracted to the island.
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 maintain its from the days when the water around Koh Tao was rich with turtles and the island was their main breeding area.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands then Prime Minister, asked for and received a Royal Pardon for the islands prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
Koh Tao's weatheris during all seasons beautiful. Nice weatherdays and a refreshing ocean breeze are the norm. For the purists, late December to the end of March is the best tropical islandexperience.
A huge range of marine life and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other day time activities now include trekking and Boat tours.
Their lives consisted of cultivating coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course nourishing themselves with fishing. In those days getting to Ko Toa required a treacherous boat journey from the nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weather and seas permitted, but the residents continued to multiply progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a large amount return.
KoTao is surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.