Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.
Ko 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. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.
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First dives during a backpacking trip throgh south-east-asia
Trip: Thai Mal Sing
Generic vacation trip with my fiancé. We went to Bangkok, Kata beach (Phuket), Chaweng beach (Koh Samui), Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Singapore and back to Bangkok. All in all I got 5 days of diving.
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