Visually speaking, Kong: Skull Island is absolutely brilliant. From the menagerie of menacing creatures threatening the Monarch research team, to the non-stop, hectic action sequences with explosions aplenty, there's rarely a dull moment. But if anything could show up the mighty Kong, it's the film's scenery. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts definitely has great taste when it comes to filming locations, picking the perfect setting for the oh-so-mysterious Skull Island.
#KongSkullIsland was actually shot in three different countries, offering up a variety of tropical locations that help bring the island's exotic vibe to life.
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Where Was 'Kong: Skull Island' Filmed?
Much like the actual coordinates given for Skull Island, filming took place in various locations across the Pacific. As Vogt-Roberts told Comic Book, "I went all over the world to try and find places that you hadn't seen on screen before."
But be warned: these lush tropical destinations are bound to inspire a serious case of wanderlust. Take a look for yourself:
Much of the filming for Kong: Skull Island took place in the northern part of Vietnam. Vân Long and nearby UNESCO World Heritage site Tràng An were chosen for their winding rivers, which served as both a passage for the team's rickety escape boat and a battle ground for Kong and the Skull Crawlers.
The idyllic Hạ Long Bay was used for more sweeping scenic shots; its pristine waters are unmistakable as the military choppers escape the electrical storm and swoop over Skull Island.
The surroundings of the Tú Làn caves north of the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park were also a choice filming location. The wild, muggy backdrop of Vietnam perfectly captured the film's seventies vibe— complimented by that killer soundtrack, of course.
The volcanic Hawaiian island of O'ahu lent its impressive mountains to Kong: Skull Island, making one convincing habitat for the mighty ape. You'll definitely recognize those green hills from Jurassic World, earning the popular filming location a monstrous reputation.
Remember that terrifying bamboo forest? That's Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve. Don't worry, though— it's not actually infested with giant crab-spiders.
Both Dillingham Ranch and Kualoa Ranch were used— you might recognize some of the shots from the graveyard scene:
The film crew also spent a couple of days in Honolulu's Chinatown, as well as Kalaeloa Airport— that's where the set replicating the military ship was built.
Australia is a massive country, which means it's home to a variety of climates and ecosystems. Queensland's Gold Coast is one of the island continent's more tropical areas, and that's exactly where Kong: Skull Island kicks off. The scuffle between Hank and Ikari at the very start of the film was filmed on the white sand beaches of South Stradbroke Island.
Queensland also boasts dense, breathtaking rainforests— like those of Tamborine Mountain. This is where the team meet back up with Packard and his soldiers.
The nearby wetlands of Coombabah Lake Conservation Park made the ideal spot for Chapman's run-in with a spore mantis. It's easy to see how the gentle giant could blend in:
What was your favorite location from Kong: Skull Island?
(Source: Comic Book)