Where was Kong: Skull Island filmed?

In the the 1970's, an expedition is sent to an uncharted newly discovered island in the South Pacific ocean. The journey will take them to a world where nature is extremely beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Cut off from civilization, the team will have to face all sort of dangers to survive in the kingdom of a monstrous gorilla.

Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Room, Trainwreck), Samuel L. Jackson (who doesn't know Samuel L. Jackson?), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski) and John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy, Lobster) are the main actors that make up this diverse crew of adventurers, journalists, soldiers and scientists directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

To create the land of the giant ape, the producers didn't spare the expense on exotic and gorgeous locations. Kong: Skull Island was filmed in three major shooting locations, some of them never seen before in a big Hollywood movie like this one. The mysterious lost world was set in the landscapes of Oahu, (Hawaii), Australia’s Queensland and Vietnam, over the period of six months.

Kong Skull Island Filming Locations
We start in Hawaii, in the island of Oahu. The scene of the graveyard was filmed at the grounds of Kualoa Ranch.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures


Skull Island Location
The magnificent setting of Kualoa Ranch, between mountain ranges and the ocean, makes it a very popular tourist destination and filming location. More than 50 movies and TV shows (like Jurassic Park and Lost) have been shot here.
Image by Marvin Chandra




Where is Kong Skull Island filmed
Some exterior shots were reported at Dillingham Ranch in Waialua.
Image by Jai Mansson


Kong Skull Island filming in Hawaii
The Hawaii State Art Museum was transformed into a hotel. Also filming took place in Honolulu's Chinatown in North King Street, near Oahu and Kekaulike Markets. Image by Peter Webb


Kong Skull Island Locations
A set recreating the deck of a cargo ship for the expedition was built at Kalaeloa Airport.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures


Where was Kong Skull Island shot
The team was filming some scenes in the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve, near the Lulumahu Falls Trail, where there is a bamboo field. Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures


Kong Skull Island filmed in Vietnam
The next locations are from the north of Vietnam. The look of Skull Island has a lot to do with the typical limestone mountains emerging from the sea of Ha Long Bay. Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures


Skull Island Ha Long Bay
This major tourist destination extends over a huge area. The team pick up a place called Cong La - Ba Hang, were some aerial shots were taken. Image by David McKelvey


Kong Skull Island film locations
In Ninh Bình Province, many scenes were filmed in the area of Tràng An and Tam Cốc, also known as the Ha Long Bay on land. Image by Nestor Lacle


Where does Kong Skull Island take place
These two locations are quite close to each other. They are often visited together in excursions including a boat ride through Ngo Dong River, where locals have the ability of rowing using only their feet.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Jorge Cancela




Where is Kong Skull Island shot
The Tràng An visitor center looks very much like the inspiration of the village from the movie.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Times Asi


Kong Skull Island shooting location
Just a few miles north, there is a large wetland called Van Long Nature Reserve.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Kien1980


Where was the movie Kong Skull Island filmed
In the central province of Quang Binh, Skull Island was filming in some famous caves. Pictured, an entrance to Phong Nha in Ke Bang National Park. Image by Víctor Iniesta


Kong Skull Island Cave
The monumental Son Doong, discovered and explored from 2009, is the largest known cave passage in the world.
Image by Peacefulday


Locations for Kong Skull Island
We continue with the last country, landing near Gold Coast in Australia. The production was filming in the scenic area of Mount Tamborine. Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures


Where was King Kong 2 filmed
Not far away from there, the team was spotted filming under the bushes of the Coombabah Lakelands, a conservation park that has an area with trees looking like these ones. Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures


Kong Skull Island drehort
A plane crash scene was filmed over the white sand of South Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.
Image by J Brew


Kong Skull Island where filmed
Also were used for filming the Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures

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For further information we are not gonna miss, once it's released, The Art of Kong: Skull Island, a deluxe book going behind the scenes of this monster-sized production.
Also there is available a full line of toys, beautifully illustrated Book Series, very cool T-Shirts, table games...
However, from the tons of merchandising available about the film, our favourite is the awesome poster obviously inspired by Apocalypse Now‘s 1978 one, although we like all of them:

  

   

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