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Short hike to a jumping and swimming spot with great views of volcanic cliffs, waterfalls and the Hawaiian surf.

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Julie Dunn (226)

5 Completed5 Reviews

dan Klein (1923)

35 Completed15 Reviews

Daisy N. (58)

Great short walk to the ocean, great to just relax and hear and see the waves

Landon Elscott (108)

2 Completed2 Reviews

The hike itself is very short and pretty easy - although there's a couple areas where I suppose you could twist an ankle. The stream running alongside the trail is certainly pretty, but the great view occurs as it opens up to the coastline.

It is here that many tourists think they've arrived at Queen's Bath but I'm fact you must continue down the coast a bit farther to roughly the third "pool" along the coast. You can tell it is the Queen's Bath due to a sort of stream of water into it.

Important: While the trail along the coast may seem to be a simple stroll along the rocks, do not be fooled. On rough days in winter months especially, large north shore waves can crash along the walking surface. Secondly, while the bath is a popular swimming location, it has taken many lives as even on the calmest days a rogue, rare wave can crash into the bath with lots of force. In fact, even if the water is completely calm and has been for many minutes, the north shore waves can be impossibly difficult to predict and end up turning very rough in a matter of seconds.

j. blackhawk (263)

10 Completed10 Reviews

Beautiful and my favorite spot to visit in Kauai. It's become well marked over the years and now has official parking spaces... I don't know if that's a good thing or not. Gorgeous views but was a bit busy.

kari brunson (264)

12 Completed6 Reviews

definitely a must for kauai.

Anton Wilson (102)

6 Completed3 Reviews

This is a great short hike. Take a swim in the pool and stay for the sunset for some great pictures.

Kim Howe (630)

4 Completed2 Reviews

I'd echo Bill Watson's review. Not really a hike... just a short 5 minute trek down a steep muddy incline and then left and another 5 minutes across the laval shelf to the tidal pool. Wear your bathing suit and bring a snorkel to get the full experience! The water is crystal clear and generally safe, as long as you jump only in the deep center of the pool and swim inland to avoid the waves near the pool mouth. Lots of sea turtles in this area, just beyond the lava wall. The best/safer view beyond the wall can be had by swimming across to the higher rocks on the far side of the pool.

Queen's Bath is lovely but not great for kids, unless yours are slow, careful steppers and you don't mind the whining when they aren't allowed to jump in the pool.

Arrive close to sunrise to have the place to yourself.

Bill Watson (55082)

676 Completed207 Reviews

After hiking the Na Pali coast as far as we could without an overnight permit and then snorkeling at Tunnels Beach, we headed down to the Queen's bath to chill a bit. Nice little hike down a muddy trail - you can slip if you're not careful, and then you reach the lava shelf.... turn left and walk along the shelf to the Queens Bath - which is a natural pool on a lava bench, and dangerous if surf is high (usually in the winter), or can even be dangerous in calm surf if a rogue wave comes in. Access to Queens Bath is via the trail off Kapiolani Rd near Punahele Rd in Princeville. The trail to the bath passes a marvelous waterfall on right after a few mins. After dropping 120 ft the trail encounters the ocean at the lava shoreline where a small waterfall drops directly into the ocean. Go to the left along the lava for 300 yards - the Queens bath is recessed in the rock and is part of a horseshoe-shaped lava cut. You can jump about 10' from the shelf into the water, but make sure you check out where the deep hole in the shelf is before you jump as these volcanic rocks are like glass along the edges. Great views of Kauai all around. You get a nice experience with little effort.

Erich L. (502)

Nice little trail. Beautiful views. Now that many people know about it, it's become more crowded. 50/50 chance of grabbing a parking spot from sun up to sun down.