The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst other people maintain its from the days when the sea surrounding Koh Taowere rich with turtles and Koh Tao was their main breeding site.
Strange, but true, from 1933 until 1947 KoTao housed political prisoners. Being located about 70 kilometres from Suratthani or Chumporn meant it was hard to escape from! Alcatraz...piece of cake.
Straight after the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the type of tourist visiting KoTao have changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Kohtao offers many popular activities one being snorkeling at most of beaches.
KohTaois little; 20 sq km and half of that too steep to access.
It has lots to offer but it still hasn't lost what attracted tourists here in the first place, its still a small piece of paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.
A culture shock to many, 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 all over the globe.
Their lives consisted mainly of picking coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and providing for themselves by fishing.