Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a 2016 comedy starring Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Aubrey Plaza, and Anna Kendrick. The film is loosely based on a true story of brothers who place an ad looking for dates to a wedding. It was primarily filmed at the Turtle Bay Resort and Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.
Turtle Bay Resort
The main centre for filming Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates was at the Turtle Bay Resort. It is located on Oahu’s famous North Shore. The resort is no stranger to the screen, being used in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Full House, and Hawaii Five-0.
Scenes were filmed all over the resort’s main building, including the lobby, the pool, and the lounge.
The jungle trails on the Turtle Bay property were also featured in the film. This area features some beautiful banyan trees, which were also featured in the show Lost. If you are visiting these trails from the resort, keep in mind that they are quite a distance away. If you just want to take a peek, you can park on the side of King Kamehameha Highway (near Kawela Camp Road) and walk in from there.
Not far from the Turtle Bay Resort, Kualoa Ranch was used for a couple scenes as well. The valley was used for the ATV as well as the horseback riding scenes. The valley is very recognizable from the Jurassic Park franchise, as well as many others.
Another area of the ranch, the Moli’i Fish Pond, was featured at the end of the film. This is where the wedding scenes take place. This area has been used in films like 50 First Dates and Jurassic World.
If you’d like to learn more about the area, check out my interview with Kualoa Ranch’s David Morgan. We discuss the history of the Ranch and how it became a Hawaiian filming destination.