The most visited of the bay, Sairee Beach most of the time are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also less visited, more hidden bays and beaches.
Kho Tao has many popular things to do one being diving at many of the islandbeaches.
The name Koh Toa means Turtle Island; many say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle while others declare it is from the days when the water nearby the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.
Their lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves with fishing. In those days reaching KohTao was a treacherous boat journey from nearby islands or the main land, if and when the weather & seas permitted, but the inhabitants continued to multiply progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a great deal of reward.
From the original bamboo A-Frame bungalowson the beach for 20 Baht a night, to simple thatched bungalows, the local Thai families reacted quickly to this influx of backpackersother wise known as Ferangs.
Local fishermen and farmers quickly realised that major business people from other places were developing their islandto accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they also, quickly began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the clienteles demands.
Straight after the horrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of tourist visiting the islandhave changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, young travellers along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
Despite KoTao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see plenty of evidence of the huge coconut plantations all over the island.