The settlers lives consisted of cultivating coconuts, growing fruit & vegetables and of course sustaining themselves through fishing. In those days getting to Koh Taorequired a dangerous boat journey from the nearby islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted, but the residents continued to increase little by little all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a great deal of return.
On June the 18th 1899, the then king of Thailand King Chulalongkorn visited Ko Tao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay near Sairee Beach.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist coming to KoTao have changed, previously it had been a Mecca for backpackers, year out students along their way Chiang Mai and beyond.
In the early days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat trip from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weather and 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 given name KoToa means Turtle Island; most say that the given name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst many others declare it's from the days when the sea nearby the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding area. Koh Taois petite; 21 square kilometer and 50% of that too steep to access.
In the begeining this little island was not inhabited, frequented only by local fishermen from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Ko Tao now has 24 hour electricity on the island too and finally they have had a water reservoir constructed to make sure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.