Koh Tao is an island of Turtles in Thailand. It is situated at the west on the Gulf of Thailand, covering an area of twenty one kilometeres2. The settlement is Ban Mae Hat. The island has a total population of more than 1,500. The major source of economy is Tourism. Scuba diving, being the most popular among visitors contributes majorly.
Not only the island contains species of turtles but even the geographical shape is turtle like. Hawksbill and Green Turtle breed in the land. In 2004, a breeding programme was introduced by the KT-DOC and Royal Thai Navy which had improved the conditions of breeding ground and local scuba diving centres.
The island, as history suggests, was known as Pulo Bardia. It was not until 1980s, when travelers started visiting Koh Tao and soon it became a popular tourist destination. Developed boats with modern infrastructure were provided to visitors as a result.
The island contains more than 150 comfortable and exquisite resorts offering accommodation. The popular species of fishes are Baracuda, Cobia, King Mackerel, Marlin, Sailfish, snapper and Trevally. Chumpon Pinnacle is the most popular spot for hunting of bull sharks and whale sharks.
Dirt roads have been converted to cemented ones. As much as 95% of all traffic is on motorbike. Ferry services from Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Chumphon and Koh Pha Ngan are offered at Koh Tao island. The two main ferries for transportation is Lomprayah and Seatran, they both offer quickest and most comfortable journeys. Koh tao contains no airport, so Koh Samui Airport is used for those who wish to fly. But even then they will have to take a ferry to reach the destination.
Koh Tao Map