KoTao is little; 21 sq kilometer and fifty per cent of that too steep to get to.
Ko Tao's reputation spread and rapidly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest dive operation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
KohTao's status spread and speedily amplified as it extensively became known throughout the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
In the begeining this little islandhad no one living on it, frequented only by local fishermen from near by islands when looking for shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies. KohTaois a tiny island, only twenty one square km with nearly half of that too rough to reach. To begin with the islandwas not occupied, visited only by fishermen from nearby islands while on the lookout for a safe haven during storms or when in need of clean water and food. It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been previously set up as a top-security prison. Odd, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being nearly 70 km from the mainland meant it was comparatively escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by lots of Whale sharks & Black Tip Sharks too.
Every now and again progress can be a wonderful thing, it's a good thing KoTao has kept its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
Throughout the last 12 years Ko Tao has transformed in many ways as it developed to become one of the best diveislands in Thailand, drawing all levels of water lovers and diversalike.