The name KoToa means Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle while others claim it's from the days when the water near the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
Local farmers and fishermen quickly realised that major business people from other places were creating their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, quickly began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
Initially this small island had no one living on it, visited only by local fishermen from near by islands when seeking shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
You can book for a wide range of Bungalow Resorts on Koh Tao for every kind of budget, availible for online reservation on this website.
KohTao island is located approximately 75 kilometres east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 20 km in size - so small but not too small.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current re-development, Turtle islandhas retained it's magic, though it now caters for everyone's tastes and costs.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering cuisine from around the world.
During the last 13 years KoTao has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the foremost diveislands in Thailand, drawing all levels of water lovers and diversalike.
The early 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first back packers from Kho Phangan who were looking for some thing different away from the crowds & masses who were going nuts for the full moonparties on Ko Phangan.