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Queen's Bath, Princeville

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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. Before you head to Princeville, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Princeville tour itinerary planner , to make sure you see all that Princeville has to offer, including Queen's Bath.
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  • The trailhead signage warns you, This is NOT Disneyland. Boy did I find that to be true. We went down after a small rain, thankful we didn't slip or fall. Flip Flops should be banned from this trail, ...  more »
  • A must stop for a trip up to Princeville. It does take quite a bit to get down to the pool but is totally worth it. Make sure to bring extra water! My husband and daughter were able to swim in the poo...  more »
  • So the trek down can be a bit sketchy due to the trail being muddy and steep at times. Make sure you wear good shoes and plan to get them muddy. It is 100% worth the trip down though. The pools in the...  more »
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  • This place was awesome! One of the highlights of our trip. As long as you go during low tide you are totally safe. I would also take some goggles because there are some cool fish in there and it's very clear. The hike down is a little rough, but with good shoes you'd be fine
  • Check the tide tables before you go and remain on land for your own safety. I went early in the morning and had the place to myself for about 30 minutes before the hordes of people showed up. During my visit I observed multiple turtles in the water. I recommend good footwear for the walk down. Leave the flip flops in the car.
  • We went near low tide on a day when the seas were rough. Many people came up the trail saying it was too rough to swim. When we went, there was an occasional breaker that came over the front wall, that made it like a washing machine, but most of the water drained out the back, so we weren't being pulled out to sea. It was awesome! Others joined in when they saw how safe we were. Beware, people have died here, but if you're safe, you can have loads of fun!
  • I've been here a couple times. It's simply a pool on the rocks that fills with water. Depending on the season will determine if it's safe or not. Some people like the risk. Several people have died here while being swept out to sea. If you slip and fall or the waves unexpectedly crash over you, you don't have a chance. The waves will crash you onto the rocks and knock you unconscious. It's not a matter of being an excellent swimmer. You simply cannot survive. It isn't worth the risk in my opinion. Currently it's closed off by the state but some still venture down the treacherous path to get there. There really are much better things to do in Kauai.
  • Breathtaking!! Definitely a must when on Kauai. Not too strainious of a hike but careful because it will be slippery and the waves can sweep you into the rocks. Once you reach the water hiking down turn left alongside the coast to see more beauty.
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