KO TARUTAO, 51 Islands, 1,490 sq km., is the National Park located at Malaca Channel, Andaman Sea, India Ocean. This Island is the part of Satun Province. At the south of the National Park is far from the border of Thai – Malasia about 4-5 km. and 6 km. from Langkawe Island, Malasia. KO TARUTAO NATIONAL PARK is the source of beauty both on the Island and under the sea. On the land, the forests are abundant and there are many kinds of animal. In the sea, there are the wonderful corals well known around the world. HISTORY
On 13 July 1837, the first group people clearing the land of Penitentiary Department surveyed KO TARUTAO to be “ the division of an army ” for 11 months and this Island became the place for the serious prisoner.
In 1944, the pirates invaded this Island. Until 15 March 1946, the 300 English soldiers took hold of this Island from the pirates, so KO TARUTAO became the abandoned Island since 1947 to 1972.
In 1973, the Department of Forestry allowed KO TARUTAO, KO ADANG – RAVI and the nearest Island to be the National Park because of the beauty of these Islands. Therefore, KO TARUTAO is Thailand 8th National Park. GEOGRAPHY
There are 7 Islands of TARUTAO Islands, TARUTAO, ADANG, RAVI, LEPAE, KLANG, BADUANG, and PASSI. These Islands are divided into 2 large groups of Islands, TARUTAO ISLANDS and ADANG – RAVI ISLANDS.
The shape of KO TARUTAO is the long Island. The mountains are high and low. The peak point is 725 meters from the sea. At the east of coast, there are the high cliffs and mud beach. The National Park Office is located at PAN TAE MALACA BAY, the beautiful beach.