is an island in Thailand located near the western
shore of the Gulf of Thailand. The main settlement
is Maehaad - Sairee - Chaloke Baankao. The
economy of the island is almost exclusively centered
around tourism, especially scuba diving.
Koh Tao was named by its first settlers for the
island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally,
the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill
turtles and Green turtles.