All through the last thirteen years KoToa has changed in a number of ways as it developed to become one of the foremost diveislands in Southeast Asia, bringing in all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
Local farmers and fishermen quickly realised that major business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, immediately started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
It began with the original bamboo and coconut huts on the beach for 30 Baht for a night, to quite simple thatched huts, the native Phangan families reacted fast to this arrival of outsiders otherwise named Farangs, by adapting to it.
KohTao is a small island, only 20 square km and nearly half of that too rugged to reach. In the begining the island was not occupied, visited only by fisherman from nearby islands while on the lookout for refuge during storms or when they require fresh water and supplies. It seems peculiar that such a tourist paradise should have been initially set up as a penal island. Bizarre, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being just about 70 km from the nearby mainland meant it was comparatively escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by loads of Black Tip & Whale sharks too.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Kohtaochanged in the grown into a scuba diverstop destination in Thailand.
Here they discovered some thing more then just a new islandto explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the fantastic newly found islandparadise of KoTao.
Hyptomised by the beautiful beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves. Kohtaois an island of natural beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday far anyway, kicked back and on the beach or active and fast paced.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current re-development, Turtle island has retained it's magic, though it now caters for everybody's needs and costs.