The most popular of the bay, Sairee Beach especially in high season are crowded with sun worshippers but there's also quieter, more secluded beaches and bays.
The given name Ko Toa means Turtle Island; many say that the name is due to the islands appearance which is meant to look like an upturned turtle while others declare it's from the day's when the water nearby the islandwas full of turtles and the islandwas their breeding area.
Initially this petite island was not inhabited, visited only by fisherman from near by islands when seeking shelter during thunder storms or when in need of fresh water and supplies.
These were the twin brothers Khun Ueam and Khun Oh who got to KoTao by boat from the next island of Koh Phangan, KohTao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop these fortune seekers from staking their claim.
Attracted by the stunning coral reefs around Koh Tao, and the increase in recreational scuba diving, some companies established a diving businesses on the island. These companies in turn built full moon party on Ko Phangan. Here they found something more than just a new island to explore and soon the back packer network was buzzing about the superb newly found island paradise. Mesmerised by the outstanding powdery white beaches, the back of beyond aura, and of course the low-cost living, back packers soon came in droves. Arrivals and departures were on the local fishing boats, and even then setbacks of several days were regular. Back to the hammocks and a world of dreams; The boat comes another day . As a result, as its reputation for striking nature, unique marine life and wonderful landscapes grew, easier access was offered when enhanced and safer boats were brought in to handle the number of visitors, being engrossed to the island.