Koh means 'Island' and Tao means 'Turtle' in Thai. This beautiful island has had turtles returning year after year to lay their eggs and reproduce on the beaches of Koh Tao.
The island itself is roughly 21 km² in area and one port where you will arrive in Mae Haad. From 1933-47 Koh Tao was used as a political prison and it wasn't until the 1980's that Koh Tao started to see its first tourists. Back then there was very little in the way of roads or any type of amenities.
Now however, Koh Tao manages to still encombus that balance of idyllic beaches and natural beauty while providing features expected of any international tourist destination - paved roads, medical and police facilities, banks and postal services.
Tanote Bay lies on the Eastern side of Koh Tao. A little away from the hustle and bustle of Mae Haad (the piers) and Sairee Beach (the busiest tourist area), Tanote Bay provides a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by towering boulders dotted throughout the hillside. With only a few resorts in Tanote it has maintained its serenity and sense of peacefulness. Whether admiring the sea views from the resort or down on the beach you will definitely be able to appreciate the relaxed style of Thai living.