And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle as well, just check out our web site for all the local diveshops available.
From the original A-Frame coconut and bamboo huts on the beach for thrity Baht a day, to very simple thatched houses, the local Thai families reacted rapidly to this influx of visitors otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting to it.
Initially this little island had no one living on it, frequented only by local fishermen from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
KoTao is a small island, only twenty square km and nearly half of that too rugged to reach. Initially the island was not colonized, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when on the lookout for cover during thunderstorms or when in need of clean water and supplies. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been initially set up as a penal island. Strange, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being virtually seventy kilometers from the nearby mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Tao is surrounded by lots of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks too.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the quick growth in sport diving, a number of companies have started divebusinesses on the island, these companies in turn designed resortsfor their clientele, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite elegant.
Throughout the last thirteen years Koh Taohas transformed in a number of ways as it strived to become one of the foremost divedestinations in Southeast Asia, attracting all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately the islandhas kept its relaxed atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn visited the islandand left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.