This was the same year that the first settlers laid claim to a large portion of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
Koh Toa is a very little island, only 21 square kilometres with almost half of that too rough to reach. In the begining the islandwas not populated, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when on the lookout for shelter 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 top-security prison. Odd, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being just about seventy km from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KoToa is surrounded by a lot of Whale sharks & Black Tip Sharks too.
Kohtao is a place of natural beauty and charm, an island, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, kicked back and relaxed or active and fast paced.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; trainers not flip-flops?!, and some had children too.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water around Koh Taowere rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
Here they found some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the wonderful newly found tropical island paradise of Koh Tao.
Mesmerised by the pure white sandy beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves.
No question, Ko Tao has some of most beautiful beaches anywhere in the country.
The very first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and started to harvest & cultivate the very rich.