Easiest Way to Find the Beach Camp Where Lost is Filmed

Beach Camp on Oahu Where Lost is Filmed

We’ve visited the beach camp set where Lost is filmed twice now. The first time (June, 2007) we tried finding the short route, but were discouraged when we couldn’t find the public beach access and felt unwelcome with a ton of ‘no trespassing’ and ‘private property’ signs. In the end, we took the long way by walking along the beach from Haleiwa Beach Park. On paper, it seems like a pretty easy walk, but it took us at least 30 minutes to walk about a half a mile or so from Haleiwa Beach Park to the Lost beach camp. This short walk was actually quite tiring because with each step our feet would sink deep into the sand.

Though it was a bit of a trek to get to the beach camp filming site, the miry walk was completely worth it. This beach camp has been in so many scenes of Lost that I felt like I was visiting an old friend. At some point I knew we had to tear ourselves away, but I really didn’t want to leave the camp.

Just a couple of weeks ago, we revisited the Lost beach camp and we were determined to find the shorter route. I’m happy to report that we found the easiest route this time and took photos to help you find it, too. Here are the detailed directions for finding the easiest way to the Lost beach camp filming location.

1. Find Papailoa Road

Papailoa Road is a short dead end road runs slightly parallel to Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83) approximately two miles northeast of Haleiwa town. (For Google satellite view of this area of the North shore, click here.)

2. Find Public Beach Access

As you drive into Papailoa Road off Highway 83, look for the public beach access sign on your right hand side. I think it’s easy to miss, in fact we drove right past it. I took the following photo the beach access sign so that you’ll know what you need to be looking for.

Beach Access off Papaiola Road to Lost Beach Camp

3. Park Across Across the Road from the Beach Access

There’s a dirt parking area directly across the road from the beach access sign. Cars were parked perpendicular to the street. Here’s a photo.

Parking at the Beach Access to the get to the Beach Camp Where Lost is Filmed

I should note that you need to be very careful that you do not leave any valuables in your rental car. Don’t even leave a hint that there might be valuables, e.g., don’t park and put stuff in the glove box or in the trunk. The reason I caution you is that if you look closely at the ground to the right of the black sedan, you’ll see broken glass. That glass is most likely the remnants of a smash and grab theft. (See my post on protecting your valuables.)

4. Take the Public Beach Access to the Beach then Turn Left

After you take the beach access path, you’ll need to turn left (Southwest) and walk on the beach for 10 minutes. Most likely you’ll either see yellow caution tape or a temporary orange fence at the beach. Here’s a photo of the approach.

Beach Camp on Oahu Where Lost is Filmed

Once you arrive at the filming location, you’ll likely see a security guard. The first time we came through the guard we met was very friendly. This last time, the guard just sat there and read a book. Occasionally he looked back at us to make sure we weren’t trying to cross the fence. He didn’t mind that we were looking and taking photos from the fence.

Please respect this private property. I should note that all of Hawaii’s beaches are open to the public, but the areas that have trees and shrubs are typically private property.

I didn’t notice as many ‘no trespassing’ and ‘private property’ signs on this recent visit. I wonder if the local residents were required to remove some of them.

You can see more of our photos from this recent visit to the Lost beach camp filming site. If you’re interesting in finding other Lost filming locations on Oahu, see my previous post on finding Lost filming sites.

Have you visited the Lost beach camp? How did you get to it? What was your experience?


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68 comments

  1. That is so cool, just another great reason to visit Oahu.

  2. Cool! – I live here and didn’t know about that. Where do you find this stuff? :)

  3. @ Emma – let me know if you need an excuse to visit Oahu. I’m full of ‘em. :-)

    @ Dave – I try to do my research. I piece together a combination of sources to come up with the best solution. I guess it’s part of my background as an engineer. I’m nerdy. :-)

  4. You want to talk about being nerdy? I just added these locations (and your other LOST filming sites) to my Google “My Map” so I can pull it up when I’m there in May. Thanks!

  5. @ Andrew Miller – nice to meet another nerd. :) Enjoy your trip to Oahu in May.

  6. My gosh, I have been looking for this forever.. I have been to the road and have not been able to find the walkway and I live here! Do you know if it’s all broken down now that filming is over?
    Also I am wondering IF you know what church they used for he seen with Mrs. Hawkins. Beautiful Church. thanks!

  7. @ Caroline – I’m glad I’m not the only one who had trouble finding the walkway. Hopefully the photos in the post will help you find it. I think it helps when you know what you’re looking for – so that’s why I took a photo of the walkway entrance.

    I’ll ask around to see I can find out where that church is.

  8. We were just on Oahu last week, and used your directions and found the camp without a problem. Thank you!

    We also saw a storage type area on Old Kam highway outside of Kaneohe that I thought might be Lost stuff too. I took a couple of pix – let me know if you want them and I can email them to you.

    • Hi Julie – I’m glad the directions help!

      I wouldn’t mind taking a peek at your photos. You can send them to govisithawaii AT gmail DOT com. Thanks.

  9. Awesome! we r fan of ‘lost’. we will definitely go to see this site on our trip next month. thanks sheila.

  10. If you search “LOST Locations, oahu” on google map, it shows about 11 filming location in oahu (including the police camp). If people wanna go and see more locations….. :)

  11. Rohit – in case you’ve not seen my previous post from a couple of years ago – here it is: http://www.govisithawaii.com/2007/07/10/finding-lost-sites-on-oahu/

  12. My husband and I did it the hard way, via parking at Haleiwa beach park. That walk was fun, fun, fun ~sarcasm~ The said was super mosit/soft/like quicksand coming around the coastline.

    Still every moment of torture on my out of shape body was worth it. I got some great photos…

    We are headed back to Oahu next week and we will go back via the way you described. Thanks for the photos. We could not for the life of us find the beach access the first time. We plan on having a picnic lunch on the Lostie’s Beach.

    I wish i was there now!

  13. We went to this camp on our recent visit. Initially we didn’t find the sign. Actually we turned back as we saw dead-end approaching on the road. Don’t make the mistake. This sign is almost at the dead end of the road. So, we finally found it. Thanks for your exact directions.
    But, i was bit disappointed. They removed lot of stuff. Only thing we could saw was orange fence and torn apart first camp (shown in first pic above).
    We did saw broken glasses and local wandering around there, so be careful when you park.

  14. Hi Stephanie – I hope you’ll get to see some filming this next time. Based on this week’s episode, it sounds like the Jack, Kate, Hurley, etc will be back at the beach camp soon.

    I can completely relate to your description of the long way. The sand on the North Shore just wants to sink you right in. Can you imagine trying to run in that stuff? You’d have to be an Olympic athlete for that.

    Good luck in finding the shorter route and please come back to let me know how it works out for you.

  15. Thanks so much for the information on finding access to Survivors’ Beach! We just returned from Maui, having flown over to Oahu for a day and had no trouble locating this sign. Now I have my own pictures. :) The beach was beautiful and we even saw a turtle sunning itself, which made my husband happy since he’s not a LOST fan and was generously catering to my desire to see as many LOST sites as possible. The sand was difficult to walk on, but there were a lot of large, fairly smooth rocks along the shore, so that helped a lot. We took a 2 hour KOS LOST tour at Kualoa Ranch and saw many filming sites, as well as the beautiful valley where some of Jurassic Park was filmed. We also went to the Turtle Bay Resort looking for the Banyan Tree. Finally found it after a LONG walk to and through the jungle. The security guard didn’t exactly give us clear directions, so we spent more time there then planned, and we actually ironically ended up getting ‘lost’ on the way back since we didn’t go back the way we came. I was very relieved when we eventually found our way back, mostly because of the time! Still a lot to do and see. Summer camp at Camp Erdman at the YMCA was in session and one of the counselors told us which cabins were used including Sawyer’s cabin. Next time we’ll have to take the hike to the pool and falls at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center. Didn’t have enough time this visit unfortunately. We did get to the Temple and cemetery grounds and got a look at Waikane Pier from a distance. We drove by the community college, the site of Hurley’s mental hospital, but didn’t stop. It was a long exhausting day but I had a great time, though I wish we could have been there during filming. God Bless my husband for putting up with me. He didn’t complain once. :) We even saw a complete rainbow on the way back to Honolulu, a perfect end to the day. Be sure to stop at Matsumoto’s for some shaved ice. It was very refreshing.

  16. First of all let me thank you for providing this info for us, i started using it 2 months ago when i was planning my trip to Oahu. The last 3 days, me and my girlfriend drove all over the island looking at lost sites. We went to Camp Erdman and saw the cabins, we went to Judd trail and saw some random filming spots. Also yesterday we went to the survivors beach. after seeing the shelter there and mr. eko’s church, my girlfriend rested there while i ran ahead. I went another 30 minutes of walking/jogging and I found a ton of the props they used in the filming. A bunch of the plane wreckage was still there and there were tons of dharma barrels under some tarp. There was even a small boat there. there was lots of stuff that was recognizable from the show. I would have stayed longer but i was sort of trespassing and there was a car sitting in the middle of the road next to a man on a bike so i didnt take my chances and i got outta there. But just follow the beach after the security guard area for about 45 min to an hour and you can find those treasures as well. thanks again.

  17. Hi Bret – thanks for the great feedback. It makes my day when I hear that folks have found Go Visit Hawaii helpful for making their vacation go smoothly. I do hope you’ll continue to join us even though your Oahu vacation is over. Now that you’re a pro, you can add your comments and insights. :)

    Sounds like you were able to find some great Lost stuff. That’s awesome!

  18. THANK YOU so much! Because of your pictures and the way how to get there I found it!!! And I just missed Josh Holloway in downtown Honolulu while he was filming for Season 6! My friend got an pic with him :S
    Cheers Chrissi

  19. This August, my wife Connie and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a trip to Oahu staying at the beautiful Turtle Bay Resort for a week. We took 2 LOST tours (North Shore and Downtown). We went back to Camp Erdman, Dillingham Airfield, Waimea Valley and Lanai Lookout on our own, plus found all kinds of LOST locations on the Turtle Bay grounds. Next trip, I want to track down additional locations I’ve learned about since our trip. Best vacation we ever had. Thanks for all the wonderful postings! Aloha, Bill

  20. Thanks so much for the detailed description, I went there with my parents today and it was beautiful. The waves were really rough! Thanks for the help, and people watch out for rocks hiding under the sand, I almost broke my toe and got a minor cut. Have fun LOST fans!! :)

  21. Hi Sheila, I want to thank you for your very helpful information and photos will help us alot next week. I enjoyed very much reading your posting. My husband is another BIG Lost fan. We will be in Oahu next week and we will use your helpful tips to find the Lost filming sites.
    Two thumbs up for you!

  22. We will be going in July. We are actually staying at a condo in Haleiwa. Do they still have items from the camp at this time, or is it just the beach (which is still way cool)? Thanks so much!

  23. I doubt it will still be set up in July. We were there last June and the only thing there was the kitchen with the orange top. We just got back last week from another trip and the whole thing was set up. I got some great pictures last Monday. The beach topography changed also. The water is now OVER the rocks, which I walked on to get to the site last June. This time I had to walk on the sand and boy, did my legs hurt the next few days! That sand is not easy to walk in! The beach was beautiful, however, and I got some more great pictures! And yes, the surf was rough. The security guard told us that just a few days earlier a Japanese tourist/surfer was attacked and killed by sharks, and when they found him there were 3 tiger sharks on his body. His torn shorts were found in the water right in front of the beach camp! I feel sorry for his poor wife who was with him. How horrible! We went back to the YMCA also and the buildings were “dirtied up” and looked a lot different. We just happened upon KOS’ 10 hour tour so we tagged along (with permission). Couldn’t believe our timing! We took the 5 hour tour the next day on my birthday. Stood at the end of the pier where Kate and Sawyer sat and Sawyer threw the ring in the water. We didn’t see any filming or any of the actors, however. We missed filming at the beach camp and the YMCA by just a few days! Grrrrrr. A young couple we saw at the beach camp said they ran into Desmond walking along Lanikai Beach just the day before, though, and they got a picture with him. Lucky them! If you’re going soon, be sure to check out the waves at Sunset Beach (not marked so look at a map). They’re awesome!

  24. We also hiked (walked about 3/4 mile) to Waimea Falls where Kate and Sawyer were in the first season. Not as big as they make it look on TV, but still nice and worth the walk. You can swim there if you’re so inclined. There’s a lifeguard and everything, including life jackets for 12 and under.

    • We are also planning to go to Waimea Falls. I saw some pictures and noticed it looked quite a bit smaller and not as lush. I am sure they make everything more lush looking. I am so excited for our trip!

      • Shann- funny you should say that about photos not looking as lush at the TV scene. When we visited the survivors’ beach set in 2007, they had huge sprinklers on full blast trying to keep the surrounding shrubs and such green.

  25. Thanks so much for all of your info. I hope there will still be something there when we go. I know filming will have been wrapped up so most likely not, but you never know.

    That is so scray about the sharks. I hadn’t even thought to be scared of sharks. We are going to be staying close by in Haleiwa and planned on doing a ton of body surfing. I am now really nervous. How sad for that poor family!

  26. We are going to be at Turtle Bay starting this weekend March 26– does anyone know whether they are still filming LOST??

    • Melissa – as of this week, yes, LOST is still being filmed. A reader reported that he observed some filming this week.

    • Be sure to check out the Banyan Tree on Turtle Bay’s property that was used in the first season. It’s a long hike through the wooded area along the coast and a bit hard to find, but it’s a very pretty walk. It’s directly across the street from the fruit stand on the road, but there are No Trespassing signs there. Several LOST filming sites in there, but I couldn’t tell you exactly which ones.

    • And don’t forget to check out the waves at Sunset Beach, not far from Turtle Bay. They’re awesome this time of year! Also Waimea Bay where you might see some surfers. The waves at the Beach Camp are pretty cool, too! You should also take the 2 or 5 hour KOS LOST tour. That takes you into the valley where lots of LOST scenes (Hurley’s golf course among many others) and other TV shows and movies are filmed.

  27. Mahalo Sheila.

    I hope I see some of the filming. If so, I’ll report back to the site!

  28. Just wanted to thank you for the EXCELLENT directions to the LOST beach camp. I recently visited Oahu for the first time, and finding the beach was one of the highlights of my trip (especially with clear, fool-proof instructions) ;)

    Thanks again!

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    • Monique – I’m so glad that the directions helped you find the LOST beach. Finding it a couple of years ago was the highlight of our trip, too. Thanks for your comment.

  29. Thank you for the helpful info! I was there on March 30 and they were filming down the beach! The security had to move us ONTO the Lost set to get out of the way. I couldn’t see the actros- they were too far away but it was a scene in the water, based on what I heard over the security guards’ walkie-talkies.
    I got a ton of great pictures– I will put them on flicker and post the link within the next few days.

    Thanks again for the info and advice. It was SO cool!

    • Melissa – That is SO cool that you were there when the filming was going on AND that you were allowed to go onto the set.

      I can’t want to see your photos.

      On another note, how did you like Turtle Bay Resort?

  30. Cool beaches, I can’t find a word to describe how beautiful they are!

  31. Here @ the survivor camp now!! Very beautiful beach. Such a great experience !!!thx for the directions!!! Relaxing on the beach w/ some turtles.

  32. i visited the survivors camp first week in april and it was mostly torn down. The security guard told us that they wrapped up filming during the week and packed up. There were still a few pieces of the airplane wreckage left (airplane door,….).
    The guard also told us that they have the airplane a bit further down the beach but that it was covered up. We didn’t try to find it though, since we wouldn’t have been able to see it anyways.

  33. I was able to find your route very easily on google maps street view. If you havent already tried street view its a must! I will try your route this weekend, im very excited! Thanks.

    • Ryan,

      Thanks for making mention of the street view. I just took a walk down Papioloa Road, but for some reason I missed the beach access point. Still, it was a nice walk. :) Enjoy Oahu!

  34. Going to Oahu today. Anything still left on the beach?

  35. Saw the site today. The orange fence is still there but nothing else.

  36. Thanks for all the great tips! We checked out the Banyan Trees at Turtle Bay today and there was still a whole lot of stuff there – some filming trucks, built up stages and a weird circular pit??? Not sure if the finale will explain any of that but hey – we took pictures just in case! :) We’ll be checking out the Police Beach tomorrow….

    • Sarah – I’m glad these tips helped. Thanks for letting me know.

      Did you figure out what scene the weird circular pit was? Could it have been the well that Desmond was thrown in? Or something else?

  37. Thanks to your directions, I found it.

    Best wishes,
    Nancy

  38. Sorry. I meant to post the link to my short, horribly filmed video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gwbh-ceeaM

    • Hi Nancy – enjoyed watching your video!

      I was surprised to see that there’s still bits of the orange mesh fencing that’s still up. How long ago did you shoot that video?

  39. We visited the Lost Survivors camp, Others Camp, and Crash site in April of 2012…Still amazing, but there has been some change. The survivors Camp was taken down at the appeal of home owners not wanting any more tourists trespassing. There was still one small area (maybe 5 feet) with torn down orange plastic fencing. You can still see the location is the site though…and it is a BEAUTIFUL hike!!! The Others Camp (at Camp Erdman) was fantastic. The camp was in session, but we gave a donation and the staff were so sweet. One of the managers walked us into the area with the yellow cabins and showed us where many scenes were filmed…she also pointed out Ben’s cabin, the only one the Lost Producers had changed to have a ramp for his wheel chair. The white trim had been changed back to the original brown color. She also showed us the Conference hall with the fireplace which was where the Others did their orientation and got assigned jobs. Really cool! Lastly she guided us to the original crash site happened. And you can also see the Dillinger Air Strip where Mr. Eko loaded his plane with heroin and they did the scene where the plane left him. Worth the trip. This part of the island is so amazing!!!

    • Hi Kim

      Thanks for the update. We are heading to Hawaii next month and wondered if you think it is still worth visiting the camp talked about on this page? I relize there will be no props left to see but will we recognise the beach?

      Thanks
      Mark

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