Learn more about what Koh Tao island have to offer after your scuba diving course. You can sit at one of the many beach bars or restaurants and enjoy a Happy Hour cocktail and as Sairee beach faces west you can sit and watch amazing sunsets. We have a wonderful choice of food here to suit all tastes and budgets. From street stalls to mamma and pappa restaurants up to Aussie steaks and awesome Thai food. What else does Koh Tao have once you have finished diving? Obviously, you need money to spend first, how easy is it to get your cash?
Do you want to know more about Koh Tao? Then read on to find out about it’s early history.
Initially, the island was uninhabited, with only the occasional fisherman from the neighboring islands looking for shelter in a storm or just taking a break on their journey.
On June 18, 1899, King Chulalongkorn visited Koh Tao and left as evidence his monogram on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror Bay next to the south end of Sairee Beach. Which you can still see today. In 1933 the island was used as a political prison until 1947 when prime minister Khuang Abhaiwongse pleaded and received a royal pardon for all prisoners on the island. Everybody was taken to the shore of Surat Thani and Koh Tao was left to the coconuts and turtles again.
In the same year, Khun Uaem and his brother Khun Oh reached Koh Tao from the neighboring island Koh Phangan on their traditional sailboat and claimed parts of Sairee Beach. Even though the island still belonged to the king.
They went about Koh Tao turning it into coconut farms. They brought their families over and lived a simple and tough life harvesting coconuts, fishing, and growing vegetables. Despite the difficulties in reaching the island, the population grew steadily.
By the 1980s backpackers were beginning to come to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. As access became faster and safer more people started hearing about Koh Tao, and they started coming here.
One of the first diving pioneers was an Italian man who would bring divers from Koh Samui. He named the popular dive sites Red Rock, White Rock, and Green Rock after the colors of the Italian flag.
Ever since more and more people are visiting Koh Tao, having heard about it from fellow travelers. And now we are getting families here who first came to the island 20 ish years ago.
Now we have many independent coffee shops and restaurants and accommodations for all budgets. With regular ferries night and day getting here is much easier and quicker than before.
It is still well known for its scuba diving as it is one of the cheapest and easiest places to learn. And most people know about Koh Tao because of its diving.
Why not come and see for yourself.
Do you want to know more about Koh Tao? Some of these articles might help you.
Shopping on Koh Tao. There are some really cool local shops on Koh Tao, from locally made handicrafts, to boutique clothes shops.
How to get to Koh Tao. There are 2 ferry companies that operate 2 to 3 scheduled trips per day plus slower night boats.
How to get around Koh Tao. The most popular choice is to rent a scooter but there are other ways to get around the island
Find out more about the SSI diver training agency here: Dive SSI