During the last 11 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest diveoperation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle islandhas retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everyone's needs and expeniture.
Their lives consisted mainly of collecting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course providing for with fishing.
Surrounded by pure clear waters, Koh Tao has naturally become in the grown into a divers favorite destination in Thailand.
Ko Tao now has twenty four hour electricity on the full moon party on KohPhangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to discover and soon the backpackergroups were buzzing about the amazing newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the striking pure white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the economical living, back-packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then setbacks of several days were frequent. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its reputation for striking nature, extraordinary marine life and remarkable landscapes grew, simple access was offered when improved and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of backpackers, being engrossed to the island.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh and Khun Ueam who reached KohTaoby boat from the neighboring island of Koh Phangan, KohTao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim.