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 claim its from the days when the sea around Koh Taowere rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding ground.
Kho Tao's climateis almost always a perfect for a holiday. Clear days and a nice sea breeze are the norm. For the purists, late December to the end of March is the perfect vacation islandexperience.
Immediately following the terrible events of the December 2004 Tsunami, the caliber of visitors coming to KoTao have changed, before it had been a Mecca for back packers, year out students along their way south to Malaysia and beyond.
The early 80's brought to KohTao some of the very first backpackers from Kho Phangan who were looking for some thing different away from the masses and crowds who were going nuts for the full moon parties on Koh Panghan.
During the last 10 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest diveoperation centres in Thailand, attracting all levels of diversand water lovers alike. Koh Taonow has twenty four hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir constructed to ensure that even in the dry season there is enough water for all.
From the original bamboo and coconut huts right on the beach for thrity Thai Baht for a day, to quite simple thatched bungalows, the native Phangan clans decided swiftly to this incursion of strangers otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting .
KoTao is surrounded by sharks too, nice friendly ones fortunately.