Kho Tao is a place of impressive beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday away from stress, lazy and on the beach or active and fast paced.
The early 1980's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first travellers from full moon party on Koh Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the backpackergroups were vivacious about the breathtaking newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the striking pure 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 fishing boats, and even then delays of several days were frequent. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Consequently, as its standing for gorgeous nature, excellent marine life and amazing landscapes grew, easier access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of visitors, being engrossed to the island.
In the early days getting to KohTao required a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas and weather permitted but the population continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
The island is surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim. The very first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to KoTao and began to cultivate and reap the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and vacated for plantations. You can still see plenty of proof of the very large coconut plantations throughout the island.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local divecentres available.
During the last 12 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major diveoperation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.Kho Tao is a little island in the gulf of Thailand.