on the island. Everybody was taken to the shore of Surat Thani and Ko Tao was abandoned again. In the same year Khun Uaem and his brother Khun Oh reached Ko Tao from the neighbouring Ko Pha Ngan by trying out their traditional sail boat, for that time a quite long and dangerous journey. Even though the island was still under royal patronage, it did not stop these pioneers claiming themselves a good part of the land on today's Sairee Beach. Having brought their families over, they began to cultivate the excellent soil, forming the first generation of the present-day community. They lived a simple and tough life harvesting coconuts, fishing, and growing vegetables, which were also traded with Ko Pha Ngan. Despite the difficulties in reaching the island, the population grew steadily. In the 1980s overseas travellers began to visit Ko Tao and quickly became a popular destination. As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to Ko Tao. In the 1990s the island became known as a diving site. Tourism Commons:Category:Ko Tao Wikipedia:Ko Tao
behind the resorts. There are no ATM machines. There are no really cheap places to eat as there are in Mae Haad. The sand on the beach is coarse and there is an unbelievable amount of broken glass in it. Likely because of people drinking while sitting on the rocks. Careful where you step and do your bit to pick up some of the glass. The shore is rocky and there is plenty of corral right off the beach. You can rent snorkel equipment for 100 baht per day. There is a large rock just out to sea
directions Sairee village phone tollfree fax hours price content Australian sports bar. Live music, live sports, pub grub, and a wide selection of beers. *
directions Mae Haad phone tollfree fax hours price content ''Full Monty'' English breakfast bar. Eat in or delivery. *
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(sometimes described as "free accommodation", but this is not really true as you will usually get a discount if you stay elsewhere). The price for PADI open water certification including the new PADI training manual, professional instruction, rental equipment, boat dives, and certification is around 9,800 baht. For SSI open water certification including professional instruction, rental equipment, boat dives, and certification is around 9,000 baht. Insurance and basic accommodation may
also be included. Shop around as not all shops teach the course in the same way. Look for experienced dive instructors rather than a low price. A common method for teaching new divers is to train in a pool first to be taught about 20 basic skills before being taken out into the open water. Others will instead take you to a secluded beach so you will see fish and coral from the start and you might be able to squeeze in a short extra dive in this way, depending on your group and instructor. Some shops have a private pier, some shops depart with a longtail from the beach, and some use the public pier, where you will have to climb across some other boats. Ask, if this matters to you. Most important: find out the maximum number of dive students in a group. Make sure you get an instructor who speaks your language if you are not absolutely sure about your English. These are the little things that will make the difference between an OK course and a great one. For those interested in becoming divemasters or instructors, here is a link to a videoguide about the island life '''Koh Tao: Thailand's Divestyle Island'''. PADI dive centres and resorts * Commons:Category:Ko Tao Wikipedia:Ko Tao
. Maximum student-instructor ratio of 6:1, a wide selection of environmental programs & courses. * *
activities available, including sailing, rock climbing (trad routes, sport routes, top rope routes, and bouldering), abseiling, cliff jumping, wake boarding, mini golf, or bowling in Mae Haad, massage and yoga courses, and cooking courses. *
in the restaurant when it works. Thai food is 80-140 baht. The low-end huts are quite shabby, but are the cheapest no frills fan rooms in the bay. Other * *
-Crawl 195259667186954 email address lat long directions phone +66 80 6905337 tollfree fax hours price content Enjoy drink promotions, prizes and join the crowd on a tour of the best bars in Ko Tao. * Sleep You can usually find
2 boutique villas, both with private infinity pools. Private and far enough away from Sairee to offer peace and solitude but still a short walk to the beach. *
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and private guiding too. They have an experienced team and time their boat trips to go to dive sites when they are quietest too. They take their diving and environment seriously. They provide free water refills to minimise plastic bottle waste. They re-cycle and provide re-usable containers for take-away food to minimize polystyrene waste. * Commons:Category:Ko Tao Wikipedia:Ko Tao
'''Ko Tao''' (also often '''Koh Tao''', The main settlement is Ban Mae Hat.
The economy of the island is almost exclusively centred on tourism, especially scuba diving.
Ko Tao was named by its first settlers after the island's turtle-like shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for hawksbill (Hawksbill turtle) and green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding programme organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres, has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.