In the early days getting to KoTao required a treacherous boat trip from near by islands or the main land, if and when the weather& seas permitted but the population of the islandcontinued to grow firmly all the same, even when simple life was hard without much reward.
Kho Tao consists of a natural paradise infringed with coconut palms and green turquoise waters.
The name Ko Tao 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 other people claim its from the days when the water around the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding ground.
Local fishermen and farmers realised that major business people from other places were developing their island to accommodate to the needs of all these new customers and they too, quickly started to open their own businesses to fulfill all the customers demands.
Their lives consisted of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fruit and of course sustaining themselves through fishing. In those early days reaching Koh Toa required a treacherous boat trip from the nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the weatherand seas permitted, but the residents continued to enlarge little by little all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a large amount return.
Not like before 2000, you can find today everything from low-priced simple wooden bungalowswith thatched roofs to stylish up-market villas with a private facilities and swimming pool. KohTaois a tiny island, only 21 square kilometres and just about half of that too harsh to reach. Initially the islandwas not occupied, frequented only by fishermen from nearby islands when seeking cover during heavy storms or when in need of clean water and supplies. It seems strange that such a tourist paradise should have been initially set up as a top-security prison. Strange, but true. From 1933 until 1947 the islandwas home to political prisoners. Being just about 70 km from the nearby mainland meant it was somewhat escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. Ko Toa is surrounded by a lot of Whale sharks and Black Tip Sharks as well.
At first this tiny island was not inhabited, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when looking for shelter during storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.