A enormous range of marine life and some fantastic coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other activities now include trekking and fishing tours.
The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the sea surrounding the islandwere rich with turtles and Koh Taowas their main breeding area.
KoToa's standing increased and quickly enlarged as it generally became known all over the world through adventurous visitors and international travellers.
The given name Koh Toa means Turtle Island; most say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst many others maintain it's from the days when the sea close to the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
This was at the same time that the very first settlers laid claim to a large portion of land on what is now known as Sairee Beach.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being positioned approximately 75 kilometres from the mainland meant it was very hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
In those days getting to Ko Tao required a treacherous boat trip from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weather& seas permitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
The island was still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't thwart those fortune hunters from staking their claim. The first generation of today's community started to settle when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to cultivate and reap the rich soil and natural resources on offer. Notwithstanding it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for plantations. You can still see lots of verification of the massive plantations everywhere on the island.