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29 Sep 2010

The LOST Island

If you were an avid Lost fan, you're probably still in mourning at the show's end. I know I am. I have a Lost shaped hole in my life and I don't know what to do, hence, this indulgent post about one of my favourite TV programmes.  Don't worry it's travel and holiday related, I promise.

Without a doubt the island was one of the stars of the show, and the amazing scenery was provided by the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Some scenes were filmed on a sound stage, but the rest was filmed on location - which means if you are a fan of the show and are ever in O'ahu you can go and see where Oceanic Flight 815 crashed along with other memorable locations!

The Crash Site
Jack: Where are we?
Mokule'ia Beach on Oahu's North Shore (Image By: Ali San)
Hurley's Golf Course
Ka'a'awa Valley (Image by: Tobze)
Want to see more?

The Banyan Trees
Banayan Trees, Turtle Bay Resort (Image by: John Fischer)
 Go on the West / Green Trail walk of Turtle Bay Resort and you will come across the familiar Banyan trees. The place where Walt was trapped as the polar bear lurked outside, or where Charlie was strung up by Ethan.  

The Others Camp
YMCA Camp Erdem (Image by: Anosmia)
Who would have thought that 'The Others' camp was actually a YMCA? I wonder if Dharma initiative jumpsuits are given out? - That would be awesome!

I could show you more, but then I would just go on and on. So, if you want to explore some more, a quick Google search for 'Lost Locations' will bring up a whole heap of places - each of which will make you ooh and ahh as you remember the relevant scenes from Lost.

Who knew that Sydney Airport, Mr Eko's Nigerian village, or the Buddhist temple where Sun & Jin were married was all actually Hawaii?

If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, there are a few tour operators who will guide you through the sights of Lost.  Here are some to start you off:
Hummer Tours Hawaii
Kualoa Ranch - for Ka'a'awa Valley (FYI this was also the setting for Jurassic Park)
Hawaiian Escapades

I've never been on any of these tours myself so I cannot guarantee what they'd be like, but again nothing a quick Google search won't tell you.

Thanks to Lost, O'ahu is now firmly on my list of places to visit.

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