During the last 12 odd years the islandhas changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the largest divedestinations in Thailand, bringing all levels of diversand water lovers alike.
The 1st generation of todays community (began,started] settling when they brought their families and started to cultivate & harvest the on offer.
It has lots to offer but hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the first place, it is still a petite piece of paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.
The name KoTao means Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst other people maintain its from the days when the water around Koh Tao was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding site.
In those days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat journey from near by islands or the main land, if and when the seas &weatherpermitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow steadily all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Their lives mainly consisted of collecting coconuts, growing friut and vegetables and of course providing for by fishing.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailands Prime Minister at the time, requested and received a Royal Pardon for KohTao's prisoners and thanks to a gracious act by The King of Thailand.
All the prisoners were all pardoned and transported to Suratthani on the mainland and KohTaowas deserted yet again.