The name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others say its from the days when the water surrounding KohTaowere rich with turtles and the islandwas their main breeding area.
In those days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat journey from the main land or near by islands, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted but the population continued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
The first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and started to cultivate & harvest the on offer.
Koh Tao's climate is during all seasons a perfect for a holiday. Clear days and a refreshing sea breeze are the norm. For the purists, end of December to late of March is the perfect tropical island weather.
A culture shock to most people, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering cuisine from around the globe.
Unlike before 2000, visitors can get now everything from inexpensive straightforward wooden huts with thatched roofs to graceful chic places with their own private facilities and swimming pool. Koh Taooffers many popular things to do one being scuba diving at most of the islandbeaches.
Departures & arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and the world of dreams, the boat will come another day.