Rogue One (Star Wars) – Maldives

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White tropical beaches and palm trees is not something that you might assiciate with a Star Wars movie. And that is why director Gareth Edwards choose this location for the planet of Scarif. Never before was there such a location in the Star Wars Universe. And it is very unlikely we see this location in future films… but then again, you never know…

Most scenes of Scarif were filmed in the Maldives (Laamu Gan), but some shots took place in a far less tropical location, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire England.

Laamu Gan is not the only Island used, also Berasdhoo Island, one of the largest islands was used.

Good luck Jynn!

Game of Thrones – Ireland – Glens of Antrim

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A mythical place by itself are the “Glens of Antrim” in Northern Ireland. 9 glens strech over an area of 80 miles. Some can be seen in the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones”. In season three, they were used as Dothraki Sea.

Other location in Ireland include: Murlough Bay,

Game of Thrones – Ireland – Murlough Bay

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The National Nature Reserve “Murlough Bay“, in North Ireland is the location for Iron Island in season 3 of “”Game of Thrones”. The first three seasons of “Game of Thrones” use many different locations in the North of Ireland. Like the Glens of Antrim.

Aloha – Hawaii – O’ahu

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O’ahu has been a movie location for many films and TV productions. John Panzarella, the location scout for Aloha used this location as well in 2015. He used the “tapestry of locations” in and around Honolulu to make the bittersweet movie “with a kick of hope”, starring Bradley Cooper.

Locations used are: Diamond Head Crater, Chinatown, Hickam Field (military base where half the movie was shot). Alec Baldwin’s office is the actual PACAF Headquarters office of General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle.

Also used is the village of Pu’uhonua O Waimanalo. The village was shot with minimum decoration.

Other Hawaii locations included Battery Birkhimer, the Breakers Hotel, Wai’oli Tea Room and the National Memorial Cemetary.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Anahola Mountain

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The Paramount Mountain used in the opening scene of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” can be found on Kauai. It is Anahola Mountain.

 

Raider of the Lost Ark – Huleia National Park

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In the opening scenes of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, Indiana Jones is looking for the lost Idol in Peru… the crew went to a more tropical location, the Island of Kauai. Spielberg would return here for his blockbuster “Jurassic Park“. For Indy, the boulder scenes were also filmed at the wildlife refuge.

Kipu Falls is the spot where Indy shoots his guide (who tries to shoot him first, but maybe in a new Special Edition version, this will be altered…. #Greedo)

Jurassic Park – Olokele Canyon

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Olokele Canyon or Valley, was used to set up the electrified fence for Jurassic Park. Even though most people just see “a fence” in the film, Michael Lantieri and his team put great effort in getting the wires tight. The size of the fence made that very difficult.

Jurassic Park – Allerton Garden

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Allerton Garden (4425 Lawai Road, Koloa) on Kauai is definitely a place where you don’t want to go… if you have seen Jurassic Park. First this is the place where Grant finds the hatched raptor eggs. Later in the movie, this location was used to build the shed, where a raptor attack took place.

But on the other hand, if you have seen Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides, Jack Sparrow looks for the fountain of youth at this site.

Jurassic Park – Mount Wai’ale’ale

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The map above is a rough estimate for the exact location of one of the biggest gems for Jurassic Park visitors, the Main Gate. The location is at the base of Mount Wai’ale’ale. You can get there hiking if you are a good hiker or by 4×4. Detailed descriptions are here if you go by car.

At the end of Kuamo’o Road (Highway 580), Kuamo’o Road becomes a dirt road. The road heads inland and eventually ends. At the end, bear right and continue for about 1/2 of a mile until you reach a Y. Here you will see a Hunting Unit C sign nailed to a tree asking people to not pick up “lost” hunting dogs. Take the left fork. At about 1 1/4 mile is a left branch. Do not take it. Go straight. At almost 1 1/2 miles is another Y. Take the left fork. At 1 8/10 miles is the gate used in Jurassic Park.

When you find the location, do not be disappointed, the actual gate is gone. Two concrete poles remain.

When you take this route, be sure to stop by Blue Hole. This is where the T-rex paddock was build, it is along the same route. Blue Hole is a water filled canyon.

Jurassic Park – Valley House Plantation Estate

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An iconic scene in Jurassic Park is the arrival at the visitor center (and the departure at the end). The exteriors for the Visitor center were constructed at Valley House Plantation Estate, 6191 Hauaala Road, Kealia. The interiors were filmed on a sound stage in LA.