Photo Shoots & Filming

Even if you’ve never visited Turtle Bay Resort, chances are you’ve seen it on the big screen in theatres and at home on TV. For decades, blockbuster films featuring Hollywood’s biggest names have been filmed at Turtle Bay—more than 150 movie and television relationships from Pirates of the Caribbean and The Hunger Games to Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I. And yes, this is the same Turtle Bay Resort featured by name in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. 

Since the early days when Del Webb (Las Vegas impresario and former owner of the New York Yankees) opened the Turtle Bay Resort at Kuilima in May 1972, with pal Bob Hope as the headliner, Turtle Bay has always attracted Hollywood’s A-List.


The Perfect Location

Spacious, luxurious, diverse, beautiful. Our hotel property and configuration offer the perfect backdrop for movies, TV shows, and photo shoots. With nearly 1,300 awe-inspiring acres for visionary photographers and filmmakers, from mountains and jungles, beaches and Banyan trees, to farmland and forests.

What You’ll Find:

  • Ample space for basecamp, trailers, and trucks  
  • Five miles of beaches
  • Year-round shooting
  • 55 minutes from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport offering the most lift to Hawaii
  • Honolulu boasts the most experienced local crews and service providers enabling budgets to be more closely aligned

Filmed at Turtle Bay

More than 150 television shows and feature films have been filmed at Turtle Bay Resort including:

  • Along Came Polly
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks III: Chipwrecked
  • The Amazing Race
  • The Big Bounce
  • Blue Crush
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Journey 2 The Mysterious Island
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Lost
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Snatched
  • Soul Surfer

Turtle Bay Drone Policy

Out of privacy and safety concerns for our guests and employees, Turtle Bay Resort prohibits the use of drones, personal or commercial, without the prior written authorization from resort management.  This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the resort boundaries. Any violation of this policy may involve confiscation of any equipment and may subject violators to any damages, including but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries, or regulatory fines and legal fees.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.