In the past, Koh Tao Island was a breeding ground for hawksbill and green turtles now it is a popular tourist destination in Thailand particularly for scuba divers. Koh Tao is also the favourite destination of backpackers who want to obtain an inexpensive scuba diving certification. Many visitors who have stayed at a villa in Koh Tao are returning with their families.
However, the development of tourism in the island has negatively impacted the health the island and the surrounding waters. Local Thais want to preserve the world under the turquoise waters because it is beautiful and brings in the tourists. Visitors pay a reasonable price for a speedboat ride that allows them to snorkel and scuba dive in the thriving coral reefs.
Businesses and locals who depend on tourist dollars want to retain the one million visitors that the islands attract every year. In order to alleviate the damages due to leisure tourism, the Thai government has implemented Marine and Coastal Resources Management in 2015. The legislation will enforce protection measures around the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
The legislation prohibits unfriendly activities that include anchoring on coral reefs, feeding and catching of marine animals, discharging wastewater, ecologically harmful constructions and sea walking. Last February, smoking has been banned on beaches all over Thailand to eliminate cigarette butts from the ecosystem. Some popular Thai beaches like Maya Beach on the Koh Phi Phi Island have been temporarily closed to give them rest from crowds.
Bans have to be enforced because of the amount of garbage and wastewater on the islands. However, in spite of government efforts, the islands are struggling with their garbage and wastewater. Some of the garbage has to be shipped to the mainland for incineration or simply buried. Locals help in cleaning the waters by hauling tons of garbage and fishing nets including plastic bags and straws.
It is a pity if the environment surrounding the villa in Koh Tao is damaged because of irresponsible disposal of garbage and wastewater. The villa has a unique location with panoramic views of ocean and mountains. Book now to enjoy the amazing scenery of the island.