Where was Jurassic World (and Jurassic Park) filmed: Kauai Island

Jurassic Park Filming Locations

Posted by Ra Moon
Kauai is for many the most beautiful island of the Hawaiian archipelago, and many movies and TV series have been filmed here. Jurassic Park, from the already distant 1993, found most of its locations here, and now in 2015 Jurassic World is back to the so-called Garden Isle.

Kauai could be described as a paradigm of heaven on earth. It's a paradise blessed with an almost eternal spring. At the same time, it has a great variety of microclimates, thanks to the interior valleys, golden beaches and mountain peaks. The lush vegetation grows in a fertile land offering enough wild tropical fruit to survive a shipwreck. Whales and dolphins swim its waters, and a welcoming and friendly population lives far away from the trouble of the world.

The best way to appreciate the raw beauty of the island, is taking a look from the sky. The producers of both films understood very well the power of a scene flying over the spectacular Nā Pali coast. This cracked impressive range of cliffs is rising up 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 hiking the arduous eleven-mile Kalalau Trail. To complete the picture, we are also including other fabulous locations not featured in the films.

UPDATE: Following this link you can find the Filming Locations where Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom was filmed.

Na Pali coast
Drum roll... here they are, the sheer spires of Na Pali coast. In the movies, these are first views of the island from the helicopter. Boats are not allowed to land on the beach of the hidden and isolated Honopū valley.
Image by Wehardy - Top image Wallyg

Jurassic World Island
This image belongs to the concept art for Jurassic World, designed by the artist Nathan Schroeder. The seaside bungalows are suspiciously similar to those from Le Meridien Resort in Bora Bora, that we visited in this post.

Isla Nublar
In the movies, Isla Nublar is the fictional remote island where the action takes place, at about 120 miles off the west coast of Costa Rica. Image by Paul Bica

Jurassic World Filming Locations
Image from the arrival in the island from the film Jurassic World.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

Where was Jurassic Park filmed
Kauai doubled as Samoa in Hobbs and Shaw movie form the Fast & Furious saga.
Image by Spettacolopuro

Jurassic World Island
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. In 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 Minette Layne

Jurassic World where filmed
Also several scenes were filmed at Kualoa Ranch in the island of Oahu, an area featuring the same kind of sharp Hawaiian mountains. Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

Where was Jurassic World filmed
Weeping falls on a rainy day. The famous scene, entering Jurassic Park gates, was filmed near Mount Waialeale, known as the "Wall of Tears", because of the effect of hundreds of waterfalls going down the slopes.
Image by Jay Cagle

Blue Hole Kauai
The Blue Hole is an outstanding geographical feature of the Nā Pali coast.
Image by E.t

Jurassic Park Island
A vertigo view by helicopter of what was once a natural cave which roof collapsed some time ago.
Image by SnakDaddy

Jurassic Park Movie Locations
Island trivia: also scenes of Lost, the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Dino De Laurentiis'76 King Kong have been filmed here. Image by Howard Ignatius

Jurassic World Set
Honopū beach with its arch 90 feet (27 m) tall, also known by the original name of Cathedral Beach.
Image by Wehardy

Jurassic World Movie Locations
What a formidable range of colors and textures in one of my favourite images of this set.
My congratulations to Minette Layne.

Kauai coast
Near Ha'ena, at the eastern boundaries of Nā Pali coast.
Image by Thisyearsboy

Jurassic World Coast
Looking west. But now let's go inland to explore some other Kauaian goodies.
Image by Thisyearsboy

Jurassic Park scene location
Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific or the Mini Grand.
Image by Minette Layne

Jurassic World shooting locations
Going north to Waimea, the scene with the electrified fence in Jurassic Park was filmed in Olokele Valley.
Image by Miguel Vieira

Jurassic Park Falls
Manawaiopuna Falls in Hanapepe Valley, nicknamed since the release of the first film of the series as Jurassic Park Falls.
Image by Ben Ward and Opacity

Jurassic World Falls
But the most spectacular are the triple Wailua Falls. Compare their scale with the tiny cars parked on the left.
Image by Wehardy

Film locations for Jurassic World
Kalalau is a solitary valley where according to Wikipedia, people in hiding are rumored to live.
Image by Bruce Fulton

Jurassic World Locations
At the end of the long trail, close to the beach, there is the secluded Kalalau Cave.
Image by Jordan Fischer

Jurassic Park Locations
One of the most famous landmarks of Kauai is the Hanalei Valley.
Image by Scott Ingram

Jurassic Park where filmed
Also we would like to show you Kilauea Lighthouse. It is maybe the only exception to the rule that says that nothing can be built taller than a coconut tree in Kauai. Image by Howard Ignatius

Jurassic Park Kauai
Road in Lawai. It seems that we are getting there...
Image by Selbe B

Jurassic World Kauai
Let's finish relaxing in a starry night on this gorgeous tropical beach. What else could you want?
Image by Jordanfischer

Jurassic World Drehort
With dinosaurs or not, welcome to paradise.
Image by Micah Camara


For further information about Kauai island we recommend Kauai Revealed: The Ultimate Guide, exploring breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, exciting waterfalls, colorful canyons and so much more to see and do in the island. Also the Lonely Planet Kauai travel guide is an excellent companion if you are one of the lucky ones to visit such a wondrous place.

Would you like to know all the facts about the Jurassic World dinosaurs? Check out the official Survival Guide, featuring the secret history of how it all began:



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