ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
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Brooke Geller

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.

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:

Vietnam

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.

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

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.

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

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.

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

Hawaii

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.

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

Both Dillingham Ranch and Kualoa Ranch were used— you might recognize some of the shots from the graveyard scene:

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

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

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.

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

Queensland also boasts dense, breathtaking rainforests— like those of Tamborine Mountain. This is where the team meet back up with Packard and his soldiers.

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

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:

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros Pictures]

What was your favorite location from Kong: Skull Island?

(Source: Comic Book)