The settlers lives mainly consisted of cultivating coconuts, developing fruit and vegetables and of course sustaining themselves through fishing. In those days getting to KohTaorequired a treacherous boat trip from nearby islands or the main land, if and when the weather& seas permitted, but the inhabitants continued to multiply progressively all the same, even when the simple life was hard and without much reward.
The early 80's brought to KoToa some of the very first travellers from KoPhangan who were seeking for something innovative away from the crowds and masses who were going crazy for the full moonparties on Ko Phangan. Here they discovered something more than just a new islandto discover and soon the back-packer network was buzzing about the amazing newly found islandparadise. Mesmerised by the outstanding crystal white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-priced living, backpackerssoon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then setbacks 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, outstanding marine life and mind-blowing landscapes grew, simple access was obtainable when improved and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of backpackers, being attracted to the island.
A culture shock to many, but generally the island reacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change has taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of eating establishments offering cuisine from around the globe.
Despite KohTao still being under Royal Patronage, plots of land were claimed, and cleared for coconut plantations. You will still see plenty of evidence of the huge coconut plantations all over the island.
Kho Tao offers to the visitor undeveloped remote beaches and mountains.
Ko Tao is a place of real beauty and charm, a place, where you can have a holiday away from stress, kicked back and on the beach or active and fast paced.
Koh Tao's reputation spread and rapidly grew as it widely became known all over world through international travellers and adventurous visitors.
The name Koh Taomeans Turtle Island; many say that the designation is due to the islands shape which is meant to appear to be an upturned turtle while many others say it is from the days when the sea nearby the islandwas rich with turtles and the islandwas their breeding spot.