The Kim Wae Hotel where Vacation Friends 2 was filmed and all the locations

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Set somewhere in the Caribbean, Vacation Friends 2 was primarily filmed in Oahu, Hawaii.

The sequel to the 2021 crazy comedy features a fictional resort, called the Kim Wae Hotel and a few other locations you can visit in real life in the Aloha State.

Kim Wae Hotel

In addition to the return of all the main cast members from the first installment (John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji), Steve Buscemi also stars as Kyla's father.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to (almost) all the filming locations of Vacation Friends 2, more or less in order of appearance.

Where was Vacation Friends 2 filmed?

Hawaii Convention Center
The modern hall of the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu served as the Miami Airport from which the quartet departs on vacation.

This building has been featured in many other films shot on the island, including Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston comedy Murder Mystery 2.

The Jurassic World visitor center was also partially filmed here.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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The Kim Wae Hotel

Vacation Friends Hotel
The main setting of the film is the Korean-owned resort, the fictional Kim Wae Hotel.

This is actually the magnificent Turtle Bay Resort located on Oahu's North Shore at Kawela Bay.

Nestled on 1,300 acres of secluded coastline, this luxury resort is only minutes away from historic landmarks and popular attractions such as the town of Haleiwa and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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Vacation Friends 2 resort
You can stay in an oceanfront room in the main building, which has 408 guest rooms and suites from about US$1,000 per night.

Located just a stone's throw from the water's edge, staying in one of the 42 exclusive ocean bungalows cost up to $2,000 per night.

Vacation Friends Kim Wae Hotel
The facilities include a private spa, gym, tennis court, golf, pools, and the wedding pavilion (pictured), doubling in the film as the Sunrise Café.

This is the same hotel of the 2019 ABC movie Same Time, Next Christmas.

Sea Cliff Chic house
However, the buddy group's suite is an opulent house at 152 Kokee Place in Portlock, Honolulu.

Designed by renowned Hawaiian architect Jim McPeak, this vacation home, called Sea Cliff Chic, is an 8,800-square-foot, six-bedroom oceanfront vacation home available for between $120,000 and $250,000 per month.

Many celebrities have stayed at this property, including Justin Bieber and Jo Koy, just to name some.
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The meditation temple before the fire is an image from the Haeamjeong Pavilion located near the Chuam Chotdaebawi Rock in Donghae-si, South Korea.
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Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts
Some of the night party scenes were filmed on a set located between Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts and Hale Nanea in Kaneohe.

This spot is a very popular filming location, that has appeared in many productions, including Triple Frontier (2019) and The Wrong Missy (2020).
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Balinese Gazebo
Thanks to Reel News Hawaii, we found many more locations, including the lagoon party, which was filmed using the same set from Murder Mystery 2.

The Balinese gazebos were originally built for the wedding scene on the shores of Moli'i Fishpond in Kualoa.
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Surfing in Sunset Beach Park
The surfing scene was recorded on Sunset Beach Park, known for its big wave surfing during the winter season.

Stretching for about two and a half miles from Waimea Bay to Sunset Beach, the sandy coast of Oahu's North Shore is probably the most famous expanse of surfing beaches in the world.
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Vacation Friends Casino
The filmmakers used stock footage of the historic Dragonara Casino (or Dragonara Palace) located in St. Julian's, on the Mediterranean island of Malta, for the casino's exterior.
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Vintage Cave Club
The casino game area and other interior spaces are the Vintage Cave Club at Ala Moana Center, Honolulu
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Blue Note Hawaii
The casino bar is the Blue Note Hawaii jazz club in Waikiki, also in Honolulu.
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Beach scene in Cuba
The beach in Cuba where the plane takes off was filmed at Papa'Iloa Beach.

The Lost series and the main street set in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom were also shot here.
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Kualoa Ranch
The plane crash scene was filmed at Kualoa Ranch.

Kualoa is a beautiful nature preserve and working cattle ranch known for its beautiful scenery and popularity as a filming location for movies and television shows.
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Jamie Hector as Warren
Warren's house is one of the homes that served as Robin's Nest for the Magnum series in Kaneohe.

The valley with all the houses where the plane crashes looks like the Hakipu'u Valley at Kualoa Ranch with a ton of CGI.
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Barber's Point Harbor
The container sequence was shot on a set built at Barber's Point Harbor in Kapolei near Ko'Olina.

This is the same place where the Black Pearl became Queen Anne's Revenge during the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga.
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Kakaina and Mahailua Streets
The arret intersection is located at Kakaina and Mahailua Streets in Waimanalo.
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Kapaa Quarry Road
According to the local press, the car chase scene was filmed on Kapaa Quarry Road near Kailua.
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Koolau Ballrooms Conference Center
The entrance to the Kim Wae resort with the traffic jam and the scene with Maurillio (played by Carlos Santos) is the Ko'olau Ballrooms & Conference Center in Kaneohe.
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