KoTao now has 24 hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir constructed to ensure that even in the dryest periods there is enough water for all. KohTaois a tiny island, only twenty one sq km and all but half of that too harsh to reach. Initially the islandwas not populated, visited only by fisherman from nearby islands when seeking protection during heavy storms or when in need of clean water and supplies. It seems peculiar that such a tourist paradise should have been firstly set up as a prison. Bizarre, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the island was home to political prisoners. Being nearly 70 km from the nearby mainland meant it was fairly escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Koh Toa is surrounded by loads of Whale sharks & Black Tip Sharks as well.
Here they discovered something more then just a new island to explore and soon the backpacker network was buzzing about the exiting newly found tropical island paradise of KohTao.
Mesmerised by the tropical beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon arrived in droves.
The name KoTao means 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 claim its from the days when the sea around KoTao were rich with turtles and the island was their breeding site.
There is a wide range of Guesthouses and Bungalowson Ko Tao for every kind of budget, availible for online reservationhere.
Ko Tao islandis positioned approximately 75 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumporn in the Gulf of Thailand and it is about 22 km in size - so small but not too small.
KohTao's reputation spread and rapidly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
The islandwas still under Royal Patronage in the early days, but it didn't stop these fortune hunters from making their claim. The very first generation of today's community started settling when they brought their families to Ko Tao and began to farm and harvest the rich soil 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 lots of verification of the large coconut plantations throughout the island. Koh Taois an island of natural beauty and charm, a place, where visitors can have a holiday away from stress, kicked back and on the beach or active and fast paced.