From the days of being a prison, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle islandhas retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everyone's needs and budgets.
Consequently, as its reputation for gorgeous nature, unique marine life and beautiful landscapes grew, easier access was became available as soon as newer constructed were brought in to handle the number of backpackersbeing attracted to the island.
On Koh Tao visitors can see amazing picture-postcard views of coconut palms , bright blue bays and breathtaking sunsets
Despite Koh Tao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You can still see lots of evidence of the huge coconut plantations all over the island.
Kho Tao is a place of real beauty and charm, an island, where you can have a holiday away from stress, lazy and relaxed or active and fast paced.
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 too, immediately began to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
The given name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands shape which is meant to look like an upturned turtle whilst many others say it is from the day's when the sea nearby the islandwas full of turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.
In the begeining this small island had no one living on it, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when looking for shelter during storms at sea or when in need of fresh water and supplies.