Filming Locations Guide: Where was Kong Skull Island filmed?

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Kong: Skull Island was filmed in three major shooting locations, some of them never seen before in a big Hollywood movie like this one.

To create the land of the giant ape, the producers didn't spare the expense on exotic and gorgeous locations for this installment of the MonsterVerse saga.

The mysterious lost world was set in the landscapes of Oahu, (Hawaii), Australia’s Queensland (the same countries where the new Godzilla vs. Kong was also filmed), and Vietnam, over the period of six months.

Kong Skull Island Filming Locations

In the 1970s, 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 sorts of dangers to survive in the kingdom of a monstrous gorilla.

Welcome to the internet’s ultimate guide to Kong: Skull Island’s filming locations.

Locations in Hawaii

Skull Island Location
We start in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. The scene of the graveyard was filmed at the grounds of Kualoa Ranch.

The magnificent setting of this place, 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

Hawaii State Art Museum
The Hawaii State Art Museum was transformed into a hotel. Filming also took place in Honolulu's Chinatown in North King Street, near Oahu and Kekaulike Markets.

A set recreating the deck of a cargo ship for the expedition was built at Kalaeloa Airport. Image by Peter Webb

Baboo forest scene
The team was recording some scenes in the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve, near the Lulumahu Falls Trail, where there is a bamboo field.

Also, some exterior shots were reported at Dillingham Ranch in Waialua.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures

Locations in Vietnam

Choppers flying over Ha Long Bay
The look of Skull Island has a lot to do with the typical limestone mountains emerging from the sea of Ha Long Bay.

This major tourist destination extends over a huge area. The team picked up a place called Cong La - Ba Hang, where some aerial shots were taken.

Vietnam scenery
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

Recording rowing boats sequence
These two locations are quite close to each other. They are often visited together on 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

Town in Skull island
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

Birds Tree scene
Just a few miles north, there is a large wetland called Van Long Nature Reserve.
Image by courtesy of Legendary Pictures and Kien1980

Massive cave with a person to compare size
In the central province of Quang Binh, Skull Island was filmed in some famous caves, like Phong Nha in Ke Bang National Park.

Pictured, the monumental Son Doong, discovered and explored in 2009, is the largest known cave passage in the world.
Image by Peaceful Day

Locations in Australia

Jungle scene with the cast
We continue with the last country, landing near Gold Coast in Australia. The production was filming in the scenic area of Mount Tamborine.

Not far away from there, the team was spotted shooting under the bushes of the Coombabah Lakelands. 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

Soundstage scene inside an old shipwreck
The studio scenes were staged at the Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford.

Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel universe), 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.

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