Where was Jurassic World filmed? The Island & all the Filming Locations

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The setting is an important part of both the Jurassic Park and the Jurassic World movie franchises. In the movies, Isla Nublar is a fictional remote island, about 120 miles off the west coast of Costa Rica.

Kauai, for many the most beautiful island of the Hawaiian archipelago, was the inspiration and filming location of the tropical island featured in the movies.

Where was Jurassic World filmed

Jurassic World was also filmed in Oahu, and the studio work took place at the old Big Easy Studios housed at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Starring Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, the reboot of the 90s Jurassic Park saga is set in the same theme park, 22 years after the events of the original movie.

Welcome to Isla Nublar and our guide to the filming locations of Jurassic World.

Also, following this link you can find all the locations where Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was filmed and all the locations of the new Jurassic World: Dominion.

The Jurassic World Island: Isla Nublar

Jurassic World Island
This image of Isla Nublar is part of the concept art for Jurassic World, designed by conceptual artist Nathan Schroeder.

The seaside bungalows are suspiciously similar to those from Le Meridien Resort in Bora Bora, which we visited in this post linked here.

Kauai Na Pali coast
The impressive island's rugged mountain ranges are modeled after the spectacular Na Pali coast in Kauai.

The best way to appreciate the raw beauty of the island is by looking at it from the sky. Boats are not allowed to land on the beach of the hidden and isolated Honopū valley.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Wehardy - Map

Isla Nublar
The filmmakers understood very well the power of the establishing shots flying over the Nā Pali Coast.

This cracked range of cliffs is rising to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) over the ocean. No roads were built to reach this part of the island, and it can be only explored by water or by hiking the arduous eleven-mile Kalalau Trail.
Image by Wally Gobetz

Kauai island coast
Island trivia: also the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Dino De Laurentiis'76 King Kong were filmed here.

Kauai also doubled as Samoa in the Hobbs and Shaw movie from the Fast and Furious saga.

Image courtesy of Paul Bica

Jurassic World Filming Locations
According to Movie-locations.com, the boat arrives at Makai Pier in Waimanalo.

The airport scene was filmed at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and Claire's sister's house in Wisconsin was also recorded somewhere in New Orleans.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures - Maps: Pier / Airport

Six Flags New Orleans mall
The Jurassic World Main Street with all the shops and restaurants was filmed at the old Six Flags New Orleans near Little Woods.

Opened in 2000, the theme park closed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina flooded most of the facilities.

The complex was also featured in the Jamie Foxx movie Project Power, in Reminiscence, and an episode of the Your Honor series.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures - Map

Jurassic World building
The interior and the glass-front center hall with the escalators is the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu, with plenty of CGI thrown in.

Also, the Honolulu Zoo served as the spot where the kids can get closer to vegetarian dinosaurs.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures and Google Maps

Jurassic World Kualoa Ranch
Several scenes were filmed at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu, a beautiful area featuring the same kind of Na Pali Coast sharp scenery.

The peculiar mountains of Kualoa have been captured in dozens of movies and TV shows including the Jumanji films and hit shows like Lost and Magnum PI.
Image courtesy of Image Engine - Map

Gyrosphere station
The heliport hanging on the mountain, the Gyrosphere station, and the octagonal training raptors cage (pictured, with and without CGI) were all sets built on the grounds of Kualoa Ranch.

Owen Grady house
Owen's cabin by a lake was filmed in a spot on the banks of Moli'i Fishpond near Hale Nanea at Kualoa Ranch, the same location where Murder Mystery 2 was filmed.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures - Map

Jurassic World waterfall
Reel News Hawaii reported that the waterfall jumping scene was filmed in an unnamed fall on private property in Kauai. Also, Captain Jack Sparrow jumped here in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

The historic Valley House Plantation Estate in Kealia, north of Kapaa is a 102-acre property boasting three houses, two waterfalls, and a helipad.

Kauai is a paradise blessed with almost eternal spring. At the same time, it has a great variety of microclimates, thanks to the interior valleys, golden beaches, and mountain peaks.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures - Map

Jurassic Park remnants
The original Jurassic Park ruins that Jake and Gray find in the jungle were filmed at the old Paradise Park in the Manoa Neighborhood of Honolulu, which closed in 1994.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures - Map

Jurassic World Insel Drehort
It's interesting to imagine how after millennia, the earth's crust has shifted eastwards, while the volcanic focus that created the entire Hawaiian Islands range remains in the same position.
Image by Minette Layne

Island Kauai coast

This way, the islands have emerged one after another, so that the volcanic hotspot that originated Kauai is now under the subsoil of the youngest island and further west, Hawaii.
Image by Thisyearsboy

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