In 2015’s “Jurassic World,” the story takes us back to Isla Nublar, the same fictional island from the original “Jurassic Park,” supposedly located off the coast of Costa Rica. The locations are a composite of multiple places, including Louisiana and Hawaii. Filming largely took place at Kualoa Ranch in O’ahu, where as the original film also shot, albeit to a lesser extent.
As the ferry takes the boys to the island, the establishing shot shows the majestic Nā Pali Coast on the North Shore of Kauaʻi. There are a variety of ways to see the coast, including boat and helicopter tours. Some areas can also be hiked.
LOCATION: Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kapaʻa, HI 96746
The escalators where the boys head to their room is on the island of O’ahu at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. The same escalators were featured in the TV series “Lost.”
LOCATION: 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
The helicopter pad where Claire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, is picked up is at Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, where the original “Jurassic Park” also filmed scenes. The pad set was initially kept after filming was completed, but eventually the ranch decided to remove it, as many helicopters travel the nearby air space and they had concerns one of them might confuse it for an actual landing pad. Many of the locations around Kualoa Ranch have signs such as this posted, identifying which films shot where.
LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
The helicopter pad is featured in a number of scenes throughout the film. Quite a bit of CGI was added, to include the buildings and train rail featured in the park. In the distance is the Moli’i Fishpond, also part of the Kualoa Ranch property, which is featured in several other scenes in the film.
The Indominus rex paddock set was also built on Kualoa Ranch, which does still stand. There are a wide variety of tours available at the ranch, more than one of which are film related. We recommend the Premier Movie Site Tour, as it takes you to many locations from this and other films that are only seen on that particular tour. The Hollywood tour, while cheaper, skips many locations on the ranch.
Here is the interior of the deck overlooking the Indominus Rex paddock.
A view of the deck from the exterior.
In a later scene, Claire brings Owen, played by Chris Pratt, to the paddock, where they initially believe the Indominus rex may have escaped. The claw marks Owen points out are still there.
The Moli’i Fishpond is where the giant mosasaurus emerges from the water and eats the shark. Quite a bit of CGI was added to the scene. The Moli’i Fishpond area has been featured in many movies, such as “Triple Frontier,” “50 First Dates,” “Snatched,” “Tears of the Sun,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “You, Me and Dupree,” as well as the TV show “Lost.” Here is a sign identifying the mosasaurus scene.
LOCATION: 49-243 Kuukama St, Kailua, HI 96734
It’s also on the banks of the Moli’i Fishpond where Owen’s bungalow and trailer set was built, though it has since been removed. It’s worth mentioning that parts of this area can also by seen by visiting the local shops near the pond, which rent their buildings from Kualoa Ranch. They offer tours of their own near the water for a small fee, but the Premier Movie Site Tour offered by the ranch is still our recommended way to see it.
As the boys ride a train out to the Gyrosphere area, they pass a valley where gallimimus are running alongside a vehicle. This is a nod to the original film, where Dr. Grant and the two children run from a gallimimus stampede, which was filmed in the exact same location at Kualoa Ranch.
The mountains seen here have a railway added via CGI.
In the Jungle area of Kualoa Ranch, there is a stream that runs through, which is where the scenes of the Indominus rex attacking park security took place. Unfortunately, their tours quickly drive past this location, so you have to be quick trying to get photos.
The set where the boys wait in line for the Gyrosphere ride also still stands at Kualoa Ranch, with a stunning backdrop looking out over the ocean.
The scenes of the boys wandering the park in the Gyroscope were filmed at Jurassic Kahili Ranch in Kauaʻi. This is the same ranch where the brachiosaurus is first seen in the original “Jurassic Park.” It also appeared in the sequels “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic Park III.” For years, the ranch remained closed to the public, proving to be one of the most elusive and sought-after locations for fans of the franchise. That changed in 2019, when the ranch began offering public tours for the first time.
The scene of the boys riding around with the dinosaurs was actually a composite of a couple different areas. This is the field they initially traverse.
LOCATION: Jurassic Kahili Ranch, 5-1771D, Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754
The filmmakers also wanted these mountains in the distance of several shots, which are in fact located in the same general area, but not from all of the specific angles seen in the film. Visual effects were employed to place the mountains into the desired areas of the shots.
The boys then notice an area of the perimeter fence that has a gate open. This set piece was left standing at the completion of the film, at the request of the ranch. The gate really does open and it’s heavier than you might expect.
Here is a wider view of the full set piece.
This is the view of the other side of the gate, where the boys look down. There is also a reverse shot looking back up towards the open fence at the Gyrosphere. This trail was made specifically for the film, to allow in equipment and crew and achieve the desired shots. The tour itself does not go down this trail, but guests are allowed to walk up on foot and take a closer look, if they’re so inclined.
As Claire and Owen go searching for the boys, they encounter a dying apatosaurus, which had the misfortune of encountering the Indominus rex. This was also filmed at Jurassic Kahili Ranch.
They then discover more dead dinosaurs lying scattered across this hill, realizing the Indominus is killing for sport.
In the closing shot of the film, the T-rex emerges from this area onto the helicopter pad, back at Kualoa Ranch in O’ahu.
Here is one of the vehicles seen in the film. It was actually owned by Kualoa Ranch prior to production. When the filmmakers saw it, they asked to use it in the film.
If you get a chance to visit Hawaii, we highly recommend Jurassic Kahili Ranch in Kauaʻi and Kualoa Ranch in O’ahu. Both offer spectacular views and very recognizable locations from not only this film, but the original “Jurassic Park” as well. As a reminder, these are private ranches closed to the general public for unauthorized experiences. Please do not trespass. The only way to see them is by booking a tour.
Related articles: Jurassic Park (1993), Jurassic Park III (2001)