A huge variety of marine life and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other day time activities now include kite surfing and Boat tours.
The prisoners were all released and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and Koh Taowas deserted yet again.
Their lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing fruit & vegetables and of course nourishing themselves through fishing. In those early days reaching Koh Tao was a treacherous boat journey from the nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weather & seas permitted, but the residents continued to enlarge little by little all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a large amount reward.
Ko Tao has to offer a lot of popular things to do one being scuba diving at most of the island beaches.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first earmarked as a prison.
From the first bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 25 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as Ferangs.
Their lives mainly consisted of picking coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course providing for themselves through fishing.
On the 18th of june 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited Ko Tao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.