1944 with a change of government, all prisoners
were freed and given an official pardon. The prison
camp was closed down.
people started to arrive, three main settlements
emerged on the island and to this day, Haad Sairee,
Ban Mae Haad and Chalok Ban Kao remain the only
three villages on Koh Tao.
neighbouring Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
remained untouched for many years.
in the late 1980's the first Samui based dive operators
began running overnight live-aboard trips and were
amazed by what they saw...
clear waters boasting a splendid array of colour
and coral reefs alive with an incredible diversity
of marine life.
diving operations began re-locating to Koh Tao realizing
they had uncovered a wealth of untouched beauty,
both above and below the water.