ABOUT KOH TAO SCUBA CLUB
From the moment you arrive at Koh Tao Scuba Club, you will be treated to a team of professionals that love to dive and excel at providing you with the best experience you could possibly gain whilst diving around Koh Tao. Sun Smile is the name of our boat and since we do not share her with anyone we get to choose the dive sites we wish to visit on a daily basis. We provide you with a diving experience which is as close to boutique as you could possibly get, without being boutique (at the end of the day, if we do everything for you, you will never learn the correct way to manage your own equipment).
Since Koh Tao is so small you will find us perfectly situated close to the pier on the up road, therefore access to any location during your stay whether that is the heart of Sairee or Chalok it is only a matter of a few minutes walk along the beach. We have a vast array of accommodation available within the Mae Haad area, which are ideally placed, guaranteeing a peaceful night’s sleep away from the late-night bars. All you need to bring is a smile and a sense of adventure. We look forward to greeting you at Koh Tao Scuba Club.
ABOUT KOH TAO
During the years of 1943 and 1944, the island was used as a political prison with prisoners of the Borawadesh Uprising transferred here from Koh Tarutao. The prison itself was located in Mae Haad Bay in an area of about 35 rai. There were fifty-four political prisoners with fifty other inmates and fifteen wardens. According to the prisoners, the island was a living hell with its shark-infested waters, and daily life was a constant struggle for survival. Malaria was rife and they were often starved.
In 1944, the prisoners were released and everyone returned back to the mainland leaving the island deserted once more.
The First Pioneers
In 1947, twin brothers, Ta Euam and Ta Oh came to the island from Koh Samui. The first ‘pioneers’, they sailed here in a traditional boat with two masts and handmade sails made of woven palm leaves and cloth. They brought with them a supply of rice, and on arrival, they cleared some land and used what was left of the demolished prison to build a temporary shelter. Later, they brought their families here and settled on the north of Sairee Beach. Six years later, others mostly from Koh Phangan arrived here to start a new life. They lived simply and sufficiently by fishing and cultivating the land for coconut plantations, rice paddies and orchards. At that time there was an abundance of turtles, so many in fact, that at certain times of the year, the beach became black.
In the middle of 1977, the first travellers came to dive and explore the undiscovered and pristine underwater world. They arrived on fishing boats and the boats which then transported coconuts. In 1984, the first resort on Koh Tao, was established in Thian Og Bay. Called Niyom Bungalows, the rooms were just 30 Baht per night. Since then, the island has changed from one of fisherman and gardeners to a place of tourism which now offers the infrastructure, facilities and choices of activity to serve about 350,000 travellers each year.
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