The first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and began to cultivate and harvest the very rich.
All the prisoners were all repatriated and transported by boat to Suratthani on the mainland and KoTao was deserted yet again.
It seems wierd that such a tourist paradise should have been originally setup as a prison.
Koh Toa is a little island, only 21 square kilometres and practically half of that too steep to attain. Initially the island was not inhabited, visited only by fisherman from nearby islands when looking for refuge during heavy storms or when in need of clean water and food. It seems bizarre that such a tourist paradise should have been in the beginning set up as a penal island. Strange, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being virtually seventy kilometers from the mainland meant it was reasonably escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Toa is surrounded by lots of Black Tip & Whale sharks as well.
Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs around Ko Toa, and the development in recreational scuba diving, a number of enterprises started a diving businesses on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn developed resortsfor their clients, and after a while quite a few of these places transformed into quite plush.
Ko Tao has a lot of popular things to do one being scuba diving at many of the islandbeaches.
Immediately following the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist visiting KoTao have changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
While visting Ko Tao tourists can see typical picture-postcard views of shady palms , crystal clear bays and breathtaking sunrises