During the last 12 odd years the islandhas changed in many different ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
In the beginning of 1980's brought to Koh Toa some of the first visitors from Ko Phanganwho were looking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going barmy for the full moonparties on Ko Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the back-packer network was vivacious about the amazing newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the beautiful powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-cost living, back packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then hold-ups of several days were frequent. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Therefore, as its reputation for striking nature, extraordinary marine life and mind-blowing landscapes grew, easier access was obtainable when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back packers, being engrossed to the island.
Koh Tao is in the middle of a natural paradise with a lot of swaying palms and green turquoise waters.
Suddenly the island ferries were disgorging people with suitcases, not backpacks, portable computers not guitars, and what is this; sneekers not flip-flops?!, and some had children too.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, Kohtaoevolved in the last years to a scuba diversfavorite destination in SE Asia.
The early 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first back packers from Koh Phanganwho were looking for some thing different away from the masses & crowds who were going nuts for the full moonparties on Koh Panghan.
It has much to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the 1st place, its still a petite piece of paradise for all to share and enjoy.
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 water around Koh Taowas swimming with turtles and Koh Taowas their main breeding area.