|Koh Tao is a small islandin the gulf of Thailand.
Throughout the last thirteen years KoToa has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major divedestinations in Southeast Asia, bringing in all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
It seems strange that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first setup as a prison.
The very first generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought over their families and began to harvest and cultivate the rich) soil and natural resources KoTao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of evidence of the large coconut plantations all over the island.
Attracted by the wonderful coral reefs surrounding KoTao, and the quick growth in sport scuba diving, quite a few companies have started diving businesses on the island, these companies in turn developed exclusive resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
Ko Tao is a place of natural beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday away from stress, lazy and relaxed or active and fast paced.
The settlers lives mainly consisted of cultivating coconuts, developing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves with fishing. In those early days reaching KohTaowas a treacherous boat trip from the nearby islands or the main land, if and when the seas and weatherpermitted, but the inhabitants continued to multiply steadily all the same, even when the easy life was hard and without a great deal of return.
The given name Ko Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the given name is due to the islands appearance which is meant to look like an upside down turtle while many others claim it's from the day's when the sea surrounding the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding grounds.