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Queen's Bath, Princeville
(4.2/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Bathe in the crystal clear waters and take in views of the Pacific Ocean at Queen's Bath. Access this natural tide pool via a short trail. You'll discover abundant sea life including urchins, angelfish, and local ghost fish. The collapse of a lava tube shaped the pool and natural springs filled it with water. Natives considered the pool sacred in ancient times. Be aware that when wave activity is violent (usually in winter) the tide pool can be dangerous. Put Queen's Bath on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Princeville itinerary maker.
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  • The trail leading up to Queen's Bath would be a bit challenging in normal weather, but it was pretty much impossible for me after half a day of rain. A woman almost fell on the way back up, so I didn'...  more »
  • We had a lot of fun hiking to Queen's Bath with our children and grandchildren. There were 15 of us hiking. Lots of help for us "older" hikers!! It's a little slick at places but if you watch your ste...  more »
  • A must see! Especially from the Makai Golf Course. Tide is very high in October, can be very dangerous it you plan to take a swim. 
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  • Amazing views and phenomenal sight. Before you go google "Kauai tides". We went in October for low tide and the water still tended to swell up to a surprising level. These kind of areas are not dangerous because of just the tide but the likelihood that the tide could hit your head against a rock and pull you out to sea unconscious. The path down to this is old, muddy and treacherous. You will not want open toed shoes and should be ready for a workout as you hike through some mild jungle The view here is certainly five stars but this area would be extremely dangerous for someone unfamiliar with riptides and breakers. If it is hide tide turn around and go somewhere else, come back for low tide. Enjoy but be safe.
  • Beautiful, buy potentially dangerous. The path starts at the top of Punahele Road (there is a small parking lot and signs pointing to the trailhead), and winds its way down to the shoreline. The relatively short trail is full of roots and mud on many days, and is not best for sandals. There are a few signs warning people of the dangers of Queen's Bath and they should not be ignored. Stay a safe distance from the edges, never turn your back to the water and don't even bother in high surf. However, the view is spectacular when the weather and sea permit.
  • Queen's Bath is amazing! The path starts just a the top of Punahele Road, some car parking. When I went it was actually quite busy, lots of people coming up and heading down. About 5-10 minute muddy and very bumpy track, but no need for hiking shoes - I wore sandals. Lots of warning signs around and many people have drowned there but just be careful and always be watching the waves. View is spectacular - would really recommend.
  • Very cool place to watch the waves crashing up on the rock faces. Lots of turtles swimming and feeding here. The queens bath of nice to swim in. Safe and calm for small children too.
  • Look up high tide before you go to be safe. Don't wear flip flops. Be ready to trudge through the mud to get down to the tide pools but it.is.with.it.