Since Ko Tao is an integral part of local livelihood, numerous communities and business owners on the island got together and founded “Save Ko Tao Community Group”, mainly aiming to conserve natural resources, sustain the local environment, provide knowledge and develop understanding in the community and create a proper management system which helps in the shift towards sustainable tourism on Ko Tao. When visiting the island, travelers can help by adjusting their way of travelling in accordance with the good intentions of Ko Tao residents by reducing plastic use to limit the amount of waste on the island, disposing of litter and cigarette butts in the proper places, strolling and admiring the sea view while collecting litter along the beach, using water and electricity, which are valuable resources on the island, economically, having respect for the local way of life and not taking any natural resources such as shells home with them.
In addition, Ko Tao also hosts a number of volunteer projects for the environment and community, for instance, building artificial coral reefs, releasing sea turtles back into their natural habitat, collecting waste from under the sea, sharing knowledge or creating fun activities for the youngsters at Ban Ko Tao School, the island’s lone school. Travellers may also join the animal rescue works controlling the population of stray dogs and cats by sterilizing and vaccinating them in cooperation with Ko Tao Animal Clinic and Noistar Thai Animal Rescue Foundation. Whatever the level of knowledge or expertise, anyone with a kind heart and love of animals is welcome. This new avenue of travel gives visitors to Ko Tao a glimpse of the joys of giving and sharing and contributes to sustainable tourism on Ko Tao.