Despite KoTao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of evidence of the huge coconut plantations all over the island.
During the last 12 odd years the islandhas 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.
KoTao's reputation broadened and briskly improved as it broadly became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
Attracted by the stunning coral reefs around KoTao, and the increase in recreational scuba diving, a quantity of companies started a diving businesses on the island. These enterprises in turn developed resorts for their clients, and after a while several of these places transformed into quite developed places.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it did not stop those fortune hunters from making their claim. The first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to Koh Toa and began to cultivate and harvest the rich earth and natural resources on offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see loads of proof of the huge plantations throughout the island.
Not like a few years ago, guests can find now everything from low-cost simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to elegant high-class places with their own private swimming pool and facilities. Kohtao has many beautiful bays and coves.
This was the same year that the 1st settlers laid claim to a large part of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.