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Mokeluleia Beach. Credit Anosmia.

The site where the fictional Oceanic flight 815 would fatefully crash-land, is Mokeluleia Beach on Oahu. Credit: Anosmia.

By Vince Font

Fans of the hit TV show Lost who are finding themselves at a loss for what to do now that the series is over need not despair. There are always reruns. And for the more adventurous among us there’s always Oahu, and cheap Hawaii vacations that can bring you closer to the Lost experience.

Mokule’ia Beach on the north shore of Oahu is a major destination for Lost fans. This is one of the most recognizable and iconic beaches of the entire series, as it’s here where the survivors of Oceanic flight 815 first crash landed and spent a majority of Season 1. One of the nearby Oahu hotels that I feel offers the most impacting Lost connection is the Turtle Bay Resort, which is situated a mere 15 miles from Mokule’ia Beach in nearby Kahuku. But that’s only the second best reason to pick this destination over other cheap Hawaii vacations.

The first? Many of the show’s rainforest scenes, where various members of Jack and Kate’s colony of survivors made their way through the dense undergrowth, fleeing the ever-elusive black smoke monster, were actually filmed in the directvicinity of the Turtle Bay Resort and are accessible through various marked hiking trails.

I don’t know about anybody else, but cutting a path through this familiar undergrowth did a lot more to bring me closer to the Lost experience than standing on Mokule’ia Beach, and I found it incredibly easy to imagine that smoke monster closing in. The hotel’s plentiful amenities (10 tennis courts, 2 golf courses, 2 pools and horseback riding) made short work of my creepy feelings, though, and brought me gently back to the comforts of civilization.

Vince Font is a freelance writer born in Puerto Rico and currently escaped to Utah. When not dreaming of interstellar travel, he’s on the hunt for weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations. Next stop: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.

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