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Best Turtle Snorkeling Locations in Hawaii

Best Turtle Snorkeling Locations in Hawaii

Snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii is an incredible experience and understandably at the top of the list for many visitors to our islands! Here we share with you the best turtle snorkeling locations on each island in Hawaii and tips for how to fully enjoy them! Sea turtles are known as honu in Hawaiian, and two species can be spotted near-shore: the Hawaiian green sea turtle and less frequently the Hawksbill sea turtle.  There are fantastic sites to snorkel…

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Jurassic Park III (2001) Filming Locations

Jurassic Park III (2001) Filming Locations

The Jurassic Park franchise will forever be synonymous with Hawaii. It’s unlikely the next movie will return here for filming, though, considering that 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom blew Isla Nublar to smithereens. But there’s always the second island, Isla Sorna, where both The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III are set. The former included shoots at the Na Pali Coast and Kipu Beach on Kauai but was predominantly filmed in California’s redwood forests. Jurassic Park III filming…

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Tropic Thunder Filming Locations (2008)

Tropic Thunder Filming Locations (2008)

Hawaii has been used as a literal green screen for many action movies and comedy flicks over the decades. But the explosive blockbuster Tropic Thunder brought a mixture of both to the island of Kauai. So while the “Garden Isle” is one of the most serene islands you’ll find in Hawaii, the following Tropic Thunder filming locations were anything but during the time of filming. The film stars Ben Stiller (who also directs), Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan and Jumanji:…

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The Descendants Filming Locations (2011)

The Descendants Filming Locations (2011)

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, director Alexander Payne’s The Descendants (2011) was filmed in Hawaii. And much like 1999’s Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, or more recently, 2011’s Soul Surfer, The Descendants is both filmed and set in Hawaii. As it shares its storytelling between the islands of Oahu and Kauai, as you can imagine, there are plenty of The Descendants filming locations waiting to be discovered. George Clooney plays Matt King, a native Hawaiian…

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Filmed in Hawaii: Soul Surfer (2011)

Filmed in Hawaii: Soul Surfer (2011)

Hawaii has seen a great deal of inspirational real-life stories in its time, but that of “soul surfer” Bethany Hamilton is one that tends to stand out more than others. It’s fair to say that most people will be familiar with the story of the young surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack on Kauai’s North Shore back in 2003. After all, it’s one that has since been told in both book and film. Based on the…

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Filmed in Hawaii: Jurassic World (2015)

Filmed in Hawaii: Jurassic World (2015)

If you’re as familiar with 1993’s Jurassic Park as I am, then you’ll know that Hawaii is no stranger to prehistoric monsters. It’s also home to filming locations for The Lost World Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001) – the second and third films in the series. More recently, though, 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World was also filmed in Hawaii. In fact, the fourth film covered more Hawaiian ground than any of its predecessors. And while the new park doesn’t last long once…

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Na Pali Coast With Holo Holo Charters Catamaran

Na Pali Coast With Holo Holo Charters Catamaran

Na Pali Coast of Kauai has unspoiled nature that is otherworldly. Its sky-high mountain peaks, raising directly from the ocean, and cascading waterfalls look ethereal. Due to the steep cliffs and the faraway location, this 15-mile coastline at the northwest of the island of Kauai remains one of the most beautiful and unspoiled in the world. One can only imagine, that 5 million years ago these mountain cliffs were hot flames that the Earth was spewing up. “Na Pali” means…

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Awa’awapuhi Trail of Waimea Canyon – the Magical Eel Valley

Awa’awapuhi Trail of Waimea Canyon – the Magical Eel Valley

Awa’awapuhi Trail is located in the beautiful Waimea Canyon, on the west side of the island of Kauai. Waimea Canyon is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Awa’awapuhi Trail is a spectacular hike within the Waimea Canyon, with the most stunning view of the Na Pali coast at the end of its 3.25 mile hike to the lookout. The trail is moderately difficult, and people that are physically fit would enjoy this hike. It’s 6.5 miles round trip,…

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Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

In 1993’s ground-breaking Jurassic Park, tourists are pitted against genetically-engineered theme park dinosaurs. But if there’s something visually-striking about the movie besides its special effects, it’s the alluring backdrop. The remote island setting may be fictional, but its lush valleys, rugged mountains and majestic coastlines are very real. Along with the bestselling novel on which it’s based, Jurassic Park is set in Costa Rica, but it was actually filmed in Hawaii. Various filming locations included Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch and Kauai’s…

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Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

UPDATE Nov 2018:  Due to major flooding and landslides of 2018, the highway leading to the Na Pali Coast Wilderness Park is closed. The state of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail is also being evaluated. Presently, it is not known when the trail will be accessible again. Kalalau Beach, located in the midst of the Na Pali Coast, is one of the most breathtaking and secluded beaches in the world.  Kalalau Beach is the final destination of the Kalalau Trail, which has…

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