Over the years, many filmmakers have been inspired by the mythical beauty of the South Pacific. Here are a few of our favorite movies that show the true beauty of the destinations that we know and love.
1) The Ultimate Wave Tahiti IMAX Film 2010
Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Filmed entirely in Tahiti and among the islands of French Polynesia, the film showcases dramatic surfing action in this unique Pacific paradise.
Filmed: Teahupoo, Tahiti
2) Couples Retreat Universal Film 2009
Vince Vaughn leads an all-star cast in the laugh-out-loud comedy about eight friends whose vacation in paradise is one they’ll never forget. Their group-rate vacation comes at a price when they discover that participation in the resort’s unconventional couples therapy activities is anything but optional.
On October 4, 2008, ‘Couples Retreat’ production began on the greeting dock of the St. Regis Resort as Director/Producer Eric Edwards and Peter Billingsley orchestrated an iconic shot of the four couples arriving by boat to the fictional resort ‘Eden’. “The first day of production in Bora Bora, we shot a big, beautiful wide shot of our cast arriving on the dock of Eden,” says Billingsley. “The setting is so beautiful, it looks like we made it up and put food coloring in the water! It’s turquoise, translucent and everything pops so much that people might think we manipulated it, but it is 100 percent real.”
Filmed: St Regis Bora Bora Resort
3) Cast away
Tom Hanks was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for this virtual one-man show, filmed on a tiny Monuriki island in Fiji’s Mamanuca group. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the 2000 film tells the tale of a Chuck Noland, a FedEx executive who is the sole survivor of a plane crash and is presumed dead. Very much alive, Noland dons a loincloth to battle the sun, the sea and his own demons as life as he knew it (and his girlfriend, Kelly) go on without him and he awaits rescue with only his silent pal Wilson for company.
Filmed: Monuriki island in Fiji’s Mamanuca group