|Koh Taonow has 24 hour electricity on the islandtoo and finally they have had a water reservoir made to ensure that even in the dryest season there is enough water for all.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; some say that the name is from the islands shape which is meant to look like an inverted down turtle whilst others maintain its from the days when the water surrounding Koh Tao were rich with turtles and Koh Tao was their main breeding area.
Koh Toa is a little island, only twenty one square kilometres with half of that too steep to access. At first the island was not inhabited, visited only by fisherman from nearby islands when seeking cover during storms or when in need of clean water and food. It seems extraordinary that such a tourist paradise should have been at first earmarked as a penal island. Strange, but true. From about 1933 until 1947 the island housed political prisoners. Being just about 70 kilometers from the nearby mainland meant it was somewhat escape proof! Alcatraz...piece of cake. KohTao is surrounded by lots of Black Tip ans Whale sharks as well.
From the days of being a prison, through to its current redevelopment, Turtle island has retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everybody's requirments and costs.
Ko Tao is a amazing paradise with a lot of coconut palms and green turquoise waters.
Fascinated by the stunning coral reefs around Koh Toa, and the escalation in recreational scuba diving, some companies established a scuba diving businesses on Koh Tao. These enterprises in turn developed accommodationfor their clients, and over the years quite a few of these resorts transformed into quite luxurious.
Koh Tao's weatheris almost always a perfect for a holiday. Clear days and a refreshing sea breeze nearly everyday. The best time for a visit, late December to the end of March is the perfect holiday islandexperience.
It seems wierd that such a tourist tropical paradise should have been first constructed as a prison.