5 Famous Filming Locations in Oahu
From sci-fi dinosaur theme parks to pirate coves, Hawaii’s lush forests and beaches have been filming locations for tens of Hollywood blockbusters. Here’s a look at accessible filming locations on the island on Oahu from the TV series Lost, Jurassic Park, Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.
50 First Dates at Sea Life Park
The Adam Sandler movie ‘50 First Dates’ was filmed all over Oahu, with filming locations on the North Shore’s Dole Plantation, the stunning Makapuu Point Lighthouse, and Sea Life Park. The lighthouse and aquatic park are both located on the windward coast of Oahu, accessible in tour groups and public transportation with stops right near Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Map out your trip directly on The Bus website here.
The Dole Plantation is located near Oahu’s north shore, which is a popular day excursion from Waikiki and an accessible destination for tourists booking a day tour.
Lost at Papailoa Beach
The hit TV series ‘Lost’ was filmed all around Oahu in its six-season run, from the Hawaiian Convention Center to Buddhist temples. Of course, the beach is the main setting. You can visit the hidden “Survivors Beach Camp,” on the island’s North Shore (68-849 Farrington Hwy, Waialua), or “Police Beach” aka Papailoa Beach, also on the North Shore at 61-785 Papailoa Rd.
Pirates of the Caribbean at Halona Beach Cove
Pirates of the Caribbean has many filming locations around the islands, usually aboard Queen Anne’s Revenge. On land, you can visit Halona Beach Cove, called “Whitecap Bay” in the movie, and the site of the elusive ‘Fountain of Youth.’ The beach is frequently called ‘Eternity Beach,’ due to its famous love scene from the movie “From Here to Eternity,” with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster.
You can visit Halona Beach Cove on your way to Makapuu Point on Kalanianaole Highway toward Oahu’s windward coast. It's a short distance from Waikiki yet worlds away, with lava rocks and a powerful surf.
Hunger Games at Manoa Falls
Jungle scenes in Hunger Games: Catching Fire were captured in Waimea Valley, much of which is off-limits to visitors. Your next best option is a trip to Manoa Falls, which is close to Honolulu and features a waterfall that plunges 150 feet into a pool. Visitors typically spend around 1.5 hours hiking in and out of Manoa.
Jurassic Park at Kualoa Ranch
Jurassic Park is one of approximately 50 movies filmed at “Hollywood’s Hawaii Backlot” at Kualoa Ranch, which is accessible from Waikiki in less than an hour. To boot, the private nature reserve offers a Hollywood Movie Sites Tour where visitors can walk in Godzilla’s footprints, check out the fallen tree from Jurassic Park, and see spots from You, Me and Dupree, Magnum P.I., 50 First Dates, and the list goes on.
Advanced reservations are recommended for this 90-minute tour, and direct transportation is available from Waikiki!
Choose Waikiki as the Base for Your Trip to Hawaii
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