Visit The Real-Life Jurassic Park Islands & Shooting Locations in Hawaii


With the release of Jurassic World: Dominion, fans have been taken back on a nostalgic ride with terrifying T-rexes and clever raptors running around terrorizing humans. Ever since the first Jurassic Park dropped, audiences were introduced to the fear-inducing dense forests, large rivers, and vast ranches where dinos run free. And most of those outdoor spots are all too real.

For adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, and fans of Spielberg’s dino movies, grab your backpack and sunhats because these Jurassic Park locations are open to tourists from all corners of the world.

You might not find deadly, man-eating dinosaurs behind electrical fences but the green areas offer stunning views, thrills, and props used in the set. So check out these Jurassic Park places to visit that should be on your Hawaii travel list.

Hanapepe Valley, Kauai

The iconic scene of Hammond flying with his crew of paleontologists into the dinosaur islands in the first Jurassic Park was shot in the Hanapepe Valley. This is the scene that fans vividly remember as the spectacular green hills grace the screen, introducing the audience to the thrilling island of Isla Nublar.

Intro shots of the island

Today, you can take a helicopter ride that will charter the same course and fly you around the exact dense forest hills and the famous Manawaiopuna Falls, known as the Jurassic Park Falls, of the famed island. Though scenes for the fictional dinosaur island were also shot in Costa Rica, Hanapepe Valley is known as the Isla Nublar in real life.

Allerton Garden, Kauai

The trees used in Jurassic Park

Allerton Garden is known for its flora and fauna that is native to Hawaii but what it is the most famous for is its tall, towering Mortan Bey Fig trees that were shown in Jurassic Park – the same trees where Alan Grant discover dinosaur eggs (after escaping the T-rex from the car) broken and hatched between the sprawling, huge tree roots.

Alan Grant and the kids near the tree roots in Jurassic Park

The garden and center are open to visitors and you can go around these trees with their humongous roots encircled around you just as it did with Alan and the kids.

Kualoa Ranch, Oahu

Dino Stampeded

Stampede scene from the movie

Kuaoloa Ranch grazed the screen with tons of thrilling dino scenes in the Jurassic movies. The most notable one is of Alan Grant and the kids running from a stampede of Gallimimuses, only to duck and hide behind a fallen branch.

Still from the movie

Although you won’t be running along with any vegetarian dinosaurs, you can explore the gorgeous, vast ranch with an adventurous four-wheel ride that makes all the filming location stops, including the tree branch where you can hop out of your vehicle without fearing for dinosaurs and snap a pic or two behind the log.

The fallen tree bark Credit: Amy-Meredith-cc-by-nd-2.0

Jurassic World T-rex Cage & Bunker

Blood transfusion scene in the movie

Ever wondered what a T-rex cage would look like? Well, now you can have the answer to that by visiting the actual T-rex cage that was used in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom when Owen and Claire go inside the cage to get a blood transfusion from the killer animal.

The actual cage has a T-rex missing but that won’t stop you from exploring and wondering what it would be like to have a real T-rex in there.

The Kualoa Ranch is also the place where some of Fallen Kingdom’s island-destruction scenes were shot.

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom bunker scene shot in Kualoa Ranch

The bunker scene where Owen, Claire, and the gang go for locating Blue, has lava flowing in and a man-eating dinosaur snarling in the same room was shot here.

You can book the tours and check out the prices by clicking this link.

Indominus Rex paddock

Indominus Red Paddock control room as shown in the movie

A must-visit location for all Jurassic Park fans, the Indominus Rex paddock stays alive and well in the thick jungles of Kualoa Ranch. In the movie, this paddock is where Claire introduces the hybrid dinosaur to Owen as they both look towards the cage while standing behind floor-to-ceiling windows in the control panel room.

The real-life I-rex paddock is exactly the same. Visitors are taken through the gates, nudged along the control panel room with the same floor-to-ceiling glass walls and then into the paddock itself.

Control room set in real life

The 60m cage walls are made with styrofoam and a deep claw mark where the Indominous rex “scratched” to lure out the humans is etched into the set. It’s a heart-pumping experience, as if the carnivorous dino is hiding somewhere in the cage with you, almost like experiencing the Jurassic World in real life.


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