A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering different food from all over the world.
Ko Tao's weatheris during all seasons a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a refreshing ocean breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, end of December to late of March is the best vacation islandexperience.
Initially this small island had no one living on it, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Ko Tao has naturally become in the recent a scuba divers favorite destination in Asia.
This small islandwas still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not avert these fortune seekers from staking their claim. The first generation of todays community started settling when they brought their families to Ko Tao and began to cultivate and reap the rich earth and natural resources on offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, pieces of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of proof of the very large plantations all over the island.
Local farmers and fishermen saw that merchants from outside the islandwere building up Ko Tao to provide all these new visitors and they too instantly began businesses to satisfy the visitors demands.
And yes, you can still snorkel with sharks, and perhaps the odd turtle too, just check out our web site for all the local divecentres available.
A huge range of fishes and some fantastic coral reefs offer diversunrivalled adventures. Other activities now include kayaking and Boat tours.