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Top 15 movie locations to visit on a luxury yacht

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Maui, Hawaii location for Jurassic Park
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Maui, Hawaii

Filming location for Jurassic Park

Fictional setting: In 1993 the first instalment of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic sci-fi saga was released. In Jurassic Park, the eponymous theme park suffers a malfunction which results in the terrifying escape of its main attractions; the cloned dinosaurs created in its laboratories. Although the park’s fictional location of Isla Nublar is said to be near Costa Rica, it was actually Hawaii that served as the setting for the majority of the film’s shooting, and the Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical Garden makes an appearance in the opening sequence of the film.

True location: The same characteristic vistas seen at the beginning of the film can be viewed at the botanical garden, which is located along the scenic Hana Highway in Maui. The entire park is bursting with beautiful and rare botanical specimens indigenous to the island, including a century-old mango tree and the largest collection of purple Ti plants. The highlight, however, is the lookout point, which features the distinctive Keopuka “Jurassic” Rock.

Nearby: Maalaea Bay on the west side of the island provides a sheltered anchorage to base at overnight, in addition to the anchorage off Lahaina. While you are visiting the island you can also see the impressive dormant volcano Haleakala, and visitors should explore the rest of Hawaii for once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Ami Parikh

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