Queen's Bath

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

0.6 miles 150 feet Out & Back
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Short hike from a residential area to great views of volcanic cliffs, waterfalls and the Hawaiian surf. Take your swimsuit, you can easily jump off the sides into the pool and you can rest next to the ocean if the surf is not too rough. The Queen's Bath is a unique tidal pool on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The pool is a sinkhole surrounded by igneous rock and located on the north shore of Kauai near Princeville. The swimming area is accessible via a short trail. During the winter when wave activity is violent, it is considered dangerous. In small surfusually in the summerthe water in the pool is calm and makes a great place to chill. Small fish and tiny sea life also live in the tide pool, such as Hawaiian sea urchins, Angelfish and the small critter locals call "Ghost fish."

The original "Queen's Bath" was located in Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was formed after a lava tube collapsed and filled with fresh water supplied by natural springs. In ancient times only the Alii (Royalty) were permitted entry to the sacred waters. In 1983 Kilauea Volcano erupted and in 1987 the original site was destroyed by lava flow. Only after the original site on the Big Island of Hawaii was destroyed did the location on Kauai become better known as "Queen's Bath." This tidal pool was used for what it sounds like; it was a royal bathing place. It was also used as a place of relaxation when an Alii needed to "wash off the stress".

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen's_Bath

Matt P.

Such a short trail to an amazing spot. Half of the trail was on dirt, the other was across the lava rocks right on the coast. The parking sucks although if you hang out for 5-10 minutes, someone is usually on their way back out as people only tend to stay for 10-15 minutes...enough time to swim in the "bath" and take some pictures. Was also a great spot to see sea-turtles.

Aaron Sims

1 Completed1 Reviews

tiny parking area and parking is not regulated. people taking up 3 spots with a tiny car.

Steve McEfee

4 Completed4 Reviews

An amazing half mile! So many beautiful views, and the rock jumping was great!

Anthony Miyake

7 Completed3 Reviews

Bring your goggles and fins and go for a swim. It's incredible.


Muddy and lots of people, but still fun. Watch out for sea urchins!

Shawni Hedberg

5 Completed2 Reviews

Hike can be muddy and slippery. Wearing proper shoes is a must. I did wear flip flops which made for z challenging hike at some points, but I made it. This is not a challenging hike by no means otherwise. Beautiful views of the mountains and ocean and of course the bath itself. This is a must-do if coming to Kauai.

John Bartlett

59 Completed12 Reviews

Slippery, but it had rained. No one that comes to Princeville should ever miss it. Don't go in the winter months the seas will sweep you away! But in the summer it's the best swimming hole you could ever imagine!

Kaley B.

Easy hike to Queen's Bath.

Sue Kent

51 Completed38 Reviews

Lots of turtles and a great sunset. You need to be watching the waves because it can be dangerous.

Julie Dunn

5 Completed5 Reviews