This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it did not prevent those fortune hunters from making their claim. The very first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to Koh Toa and began to cultivate and reap the rich soil and natural resources the islandhad to offer. Despite it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see loads of confirmation of the very large coconut plantations throughout the island.
Their lives consisted mainly of picking coconuts, growing vegetables & fruit and of course providing for with fishing.
It has loads to offer but hasn't lost what attracted people here in the first place, its still a small piece of tropical paradise for everyone to share and enjoy.
Kohtao offers to the visitor natural remote beaches and coves.
Ko Tao is a small island, only 21 sq km and practically half of that too harsh to attain. Initially the islandwas not colonized, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands while looking for cover during thunderstorms or when in need of fresh water and supplies. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been in earlier times earmarked as a prison. Strange, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the islandhoused political prisoners. Being virtually seventy km from the mainland meant it was somewhat escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KoToa is surrounded by a lot of Black Tip & Whale sharks as well.
During the last 13 years Ko Toa has transformed in many ways as it developed to become one of the best divedestinations in Southeast Asia, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
No question, Ko Tao has some of the best beaches anywhere in the country.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle island has retained it's charm, though it now caters for everyone's requirments and budgets.