The first settlers lives mainly consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and providing for by fishing.
It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been first earmarked as a prison.
Kho Tao is an island of impressive beauty and charm, a place, where you can have a holiday away from stress, kicked back and relaxed or active and fast paced.
Kho Tao is a amazing paradise with many shaddy palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.
These days, you can get everything from cheap simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to exotic high class villas with their own exclusive swimming pool.
In the late 1990's Koh Tao's first, and until recently, only road was laid, the road runs North to South from the far side of Sairee to the southern settlement of Chalok Baan Kao.
A new road is under construction towards Tanote Bay, and when completed it will open up the far side of the islandfor better development, it is accessable with care at the moment with 4x4.
It has lots to offer but hasn't lost what attracted backpackershere in the 1st place, its still a small piece of tropical paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.
A huge range of marine life and some amazing coral reefs offer diversa unique experience. Other day time activities now include kayaking and fishing tours. Koh Taois a tiny island, only twenty two sq km with just about half of that too rough to get to. Initially the islandwas not occupied, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when in search of shelter during heavy storms or when they require fresh water and food. It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been firstly earmarked as a penal island. Strange, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being almost 70 km from the nearby mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Taois surrounded by lots of Black Tip ans Whale sharks as well.