The islandis surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.
Ko Tao is a very little island, only twenty square km and just about half of that too rough to attain. Initially the islandwas not colonized, visited only by fisherman from nearby islands while in search of cover during heavy storms or when they require fresh water and supplies. It seems odd that such a tourist paradise should have been at first set up as a prison. Bizarre, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being just about seventy km from the mainland meant it was moderately escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by a lot of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks too.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that major business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, immediately began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it did not thwart these fortune seekers from staking their claim. The very first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to Koh Tao and began to farm and harvest the rich soil and natural resources on offer. In spite of it still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of proof of the huge plantations everywhere on the island.
The islandof Kho Tao is one of the country's true tropical paradise. Blessed with golden beaches and secluded bays, visitors from all over the world come back every year to experience the unique feeling of the island.
The name KohTaomeans 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 claim its from the days when the water surrounding Ko Tao were rich with turtles and the islandwas their main breeding site.
In the beginning of 80's brought to KohTaosome of the first travellers from KoPhangan who were looking for something innovative away from the masses and crowds who were going nuts for the Full Moonparties on KoPhangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new island to explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the superb newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the stunning crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, back packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then delays of several days were common. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Subsequently, as its name for striking nature, extraordinary marine life and amazing landscapes grew, simple access was offered when improved and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of back-packers, being engrossed to the island.
Ko Tao is a tropical paradise infringed with postcard like palms and green turquoise waters.