The early 1980's brought to KoTao some of the first people from Ko Phanganwho were seeking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going mad for the Full Moonparties on Ko Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the back packer network was vivacious about the breathtaking newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the stunning powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, backpackerssoon arrived in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then setbacks of several days were regular. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Therefore, as its name for striking nature, extraordinary marine life and wonderful landscapes grew, easier access was made available when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to deal with the number of backpackers, being engrossed to the island.
This small island was still under Royal Patronage in those days, but it didn't avert those fortune seekers from staking their claim. The very first generation of todays community started to settle when they brought their families to KohTaoand began to cultivate and reap the rich earth and natural resources the island had to offer. Regardless of it still being under Royal Patronage, acres of land were claimed, and vacated for coconut plantations. You can still see plenty of confirmation of the large coconut plantations everywhere on the island.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first earmarked as a prison.
It has lots to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted tourists here in the 1st place, it's still a petite piece of paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.
Kohtao's weatheris the whole year a perfect for a holiday. Blue-sky days and a nice sea breeze are the norm. For the purists, late December to late of March is the best vacation islandexperience.
On Kohtaovisitors can see amazing picture-postcard views of coconut palms , bright blue lagoons and beautiful mountain views
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current development, Turtle islandhas retained it's charm, though it now caters for everybodys needs and expeniture.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upside down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the sea around KohTaowere rich with turtles and Koh Taowas their main breeding site.