The name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; most say that the designation is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an inverted turtle while others say it is from the day's when the sea surrounding the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding grounds.
From the first A-Frame coconut and bamboo bungalowsright on the beach for thrity Baht for a day, to very simple thatched houses, the local island families reacted fast to this influx of outsiders otherwise known as Farangs, by adapting to the business.
Ko Tao is situated in a natural paradise with many coconut palms and green turquoise waters.
Their lives consisted of cultivating coconuts, developing fruit and vegetables and of course nourishing themselves through fishing. In those early days getting to Ko Toa was a treacherous boat trip from nearby islands or the mainland, if and when the seas & weather permitted, but the inhabitants continued to increase little by little all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without a great deal of reward.
Ko Tao is little; 20 square km and half of that too steep to get to.
In the beginning of 80's brought to Ko Tao some of the very first travellers from KohPhanganwho were looking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the full moon party on Koh Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new islandto explore and soon the back-packer groups were energetic about the breathtaking newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the beautiful powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the cheap living, back packers soon came in droves. Departure and arrivals were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were regular. Back to the hammock and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . Therefore, as its name for stunning nature, excellent marine life and remarkable landscapes grew, easier access was offered when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to cope with the number of back packers, being attracted to the island.
The name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; most say that the designation is due to the islands outline which is meant to appear to be an inverted turtle while others say it is from the day's when the sea surrounding the island was rich with turtles and the island was their breeding grounds.