Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Ko Tao, and the growth in sport scuba diving, a number of companies have started divebusinesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn designed exclusive resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush. Koh Taohas many popular things to do one being scuba diving at many of Ko Tao bays.
All the prisoners were all released and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTao was a desert island yet again.
Unlike before 2000, guests can find now everything from inexpensive basic wooden huts with thatched roofs to stylish expensive villas with their own private swimming pool and facilities.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current re-development, Turtle islandhas retained it's magic, though it now caters for everybody's requirments and costs.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that business people from other places were creating their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, immediately began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, laptops not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip-flops?!, and some had children too.
Their lives consisted of cultivating coconuts, growing fruit & vegetables and of course nourishing themselves with fishing. In those early days reaching Koh Toa required a treacherous boat ride from nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weatherand seas permitted, but the residents continued to increase little by little all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without much reward.