Former island turtles

Once on the coast of Koh Tao Thai living sea turtles, it is now a popular resort among divers.

Former island turtles

Length Tao, located in the Gulf – ten kilometers long – four. All of its territory is covered hills.

Former island turtles

Tao was a long time uninhabited, fishermen from neighbouring  islands sailing here a break from catching. And in 1933, it was built only at the time a prison for political prisoners in Thailand. It lasted until 1947. And then there were the first on the island fishing villages.

Former island turtles

The island’s name translates as “Turtle Island.” However, now on the Tao these marine animals is almost gone. Beaches built up hotels and restaurants, and turtles now nowhere to equip their nests.

Former island turtles

In the eastern part of the Tao can still find many abandoned houses, broken by frequent storms.

Бывший остров черепах

Tao popular with divers and is one of the best dive sites in Thailand. On the island a few dozen of training schools for both amateurs and professionals.

Former island turtles

On the island is home to around 1,500 people, most of whom moved here from Burma.

The nearest airport is located on the nearby island of Samui, Koh Tao which is connected by ferry.There are almost no cars, all enjoy motorcycles and scooters.