During the last 11 odd years the islandhas changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
During the last 12 years KoTao has altered in many ways as it developed to become one of the best dive islands in Southeast Asia, bringing in all levels of water lovers and divers alike.
In the early days getting to KohTao required a treacherous boat trip from the main land or near by islands, if and when the weather & seas permitted but the population of the island continued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
The very first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and began to harvest and cultivate the on offer.
KoTao is surrounded by big sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
This was the same year that the 1st settlers laid claim to a large part of land on which is now known as Sairee Beach.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of back packers other wise known as Ferangs.
Attracted by the outstanding coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the escalation in recreational scuba diving, a number of companies set up a diving shop on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn developed resortsfor their clientele, and after a while a lot of these places transformed into quite plush.