Love Jurassic Park? Find Deals to Tour the Iconic Filming Sites

With the latest sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, coming out on June 22, it’s time to take a trip back to Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna to see where it all started. Alanna Smith, Deal Hunter at TravelPirates, has compiled a list of seven of the most iconic filming locations from the Jurassic Park franchise. These dino-filled islands are supposed to be located off the Pacific side of Costa Rica but filming actually took place on the Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Oahu. From visiting Jurassic Kahili Ranch and the legendary Manawaiopuna Waterfall in Kauai to Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, you’ll be blown away by the natural beauty of each location.

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By Alanna Smith, Editor at TravelPirates

Allerton Garden, Kauai

Part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Allerton Garden is home to massive Moreton Bay fig trees. They were featured in the franchise’s first film, when Dr. Alan Grant and his young companions find a very important dinosaur nest. The garden is open for guided tours, but don’t expect to find any velociraptor eggs lying around.

Jurassic Kahili Ranch, Kauai

This 2,800-acre working cattle ranch has appeared in all of the Jurassic Park films, including Jurassic World, and has definitely earned its name. The ranch’s most famous scene is one of the most beloved of the series: the epic “Welcome to Jurassic Park” moment when Dr. Grant sees living dinosaurs for the first time.


Kualoa Ranch, Oahu

The impressive emerald cliffs of Kualoa have appeared in more than just dinosaur films. You can also spot them in LostKong: Skull Island, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. A popular tourist attraction, you can sign up for a tour of the ranch’s filming locations, including the log where Dr. Grand and the kids hide from a dino stampede.

Limahuli Garden, Kauai

Another part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, this spot provided the background for the imposing raptor paddock in the first film. While you won’t actually see any dinosaurs if you visit, you can expect to spot some of Hawaii’s endangered flora and fauna.

Manawaiopuna Waterfall, Kauai

This waterfall is one of the most recognized locations from the series, which has earned it the moniker “Jurassic Falls.” It was the location of the helipad set from the original film, which is appropriate—the 400-foot falls can only be seen by tourists on helicopter tours.

Mount Wai’ale’ale, Kauai

The iconic Jurassic Park gates were constructed at the base of this mountain. While the gates themselves are gone, the poles they were built around remain. The area is actually home to a few filming locations from the movies, but they are only accessible to the bravest of hikers.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai

The gorgeous cliffs of the Na Pali Coast are some of Kauai’s most recognized features, but they’ve also stood in for the coastline of Isla Nublar as well. To preserve the natural integrity of the area, visitors and boats are not allowed on the shore. You can, however, see the cliffs on a helicopter or boat tour.

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