Koh Tao's reputation spread and quickly increased as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
Ko Tao is an islandof impressive beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday away from stress, kicked back and on the beach or active and fast paced.
All the prisoners were all pardoned and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTao was deserted yet again.
The 1st generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and began to harvest & cultivate the rich) soil and natural resources Ko Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see plenty of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.
The name KohTaomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people say its from the days when the water surrounding Ko Tao were rich with turtles and Koh Taowas their main breeding ground.
Consequently, as its reputation for beautiful nature, unique marine life and beautiful landscapes got bigger, easier access was became available when newer built were brought in to cope with the number of back packers being attracted to the island.
The early 80's brought to KoTao some of the very first back packers from Ko Phanganwho were looking for some thing new away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Kho Phangan.