Queen's Bath Trail

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Princeville, HI
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Queen's Bath Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Princeville, HI that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

0.6 miles 52 feet Out & Back
hiking nature trips walking beach views waterfall rocky scramble
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Short hike to a jumping and swimming spot with great views of volcanic cliffs, waterfalls and the Hawaiian surf. 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

Jessica Estep
3 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Muddy and Beautiful!

Staci Schiltz
6 days ago

10 Completed4 Reviews

Greg S
22 days ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

No no no. Dangerous dangerous dangerous. People are swept out to sea all the time by rogue waves. You can see them until it's too late. So many other good hikes on island besides this one.

Scott Cessac
30 days ago

11 Completed1 Reviews

Short trail and very dangerous. The surf is very unpredictable. At the time we were there (March 2016) the surf was huge. Waves crashing above the rocks. Beautiful scenery. Be careful.

Julia S.
1 month ago

Matt P.
5 months ago

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
7 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Steve McEfee
7 months ago

5 Completed4 Reviews

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

Anthony Miyake
7 months ago

7 Completed3 Reviews

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

MK M.
8 months ago

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

Shawni Hedberg
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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.
9 months ago

Easy hike to Queen's Bath.

Sue Kent
9 months ago

51 Completed38 Reviews

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

Julie Dunn
10 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

dan Klein
10 months ago

39 Completed18 Reviews

Daisy N.
10 months ago

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

Landon Elscott
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

12 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
1 year ago

19 Completed14 Reviews

definitely a must for kauai.