Attracted by the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the island, and the quick growth in sport scuba diving, quite a few companies have setup diving businesses on Koh Tao, these companies in turn developed resortsfor their customers, and over the years several of these resortshave become quite plush.
Unlike before 2000, you can find now everything from low-cost straightforward wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to graceful up-market places with private swimming pool and facilities.
The given name KoTao means Turtle Island; many say that the name is due to the islands appearance which is meant to appear to be an inverted turtle while others maintain it's from the day's when the sea close to the island was full of turtles and the island was their breeding spot.
On June the 18th 1899, His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (Rama 5 1868-1910) visited KoTao and left his monogram as evidence on a huge rock at Jor Por Ror Bay next to Sairee Beach.
Ko Toa's reputation spread and briskly increased as it generally became known all over the world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
A enormous variety of fishes and some beautiful coral reefs offer diversall they need. Other day time activities now include kite surfing and fishing tours.
The most visited of the beach, Sairee Beach always have a scattering of sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more hidden beaches and bays.