Queen's Bath
Queen's Bath
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Once a bathing spot for the royals, this stunning natural pool is now a popular summertime attraction. To get there, you'll need to take a 15-minute hike across slippery lava rocks, so wear a good pair of shoes. In summer, the pool resembles a large hot tub and the waters are calm and clear. During winter, however, the water can be treacherous, so avoid visiting during those months; the pool may even be closed. Before you go, be sure to check the surf report online, and only attempt the hike down if the waves are less than four feet high. – Tripadvisor
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  • Selena T
    4 contributions
    Queens Bath on 6/2/2023 Spectacular
    My family and I enjoyed swimming in Queens Bath today on 6/2/2023. We got there early at about 10am. The hike down was slippery and steep, but only about 20 mins total. We wore Teva sandals which helped. We saw some fish in the pool, but not a lot like we saw in 2009 and 2011. We saw a colony of about 20 turtles next to the pool! It was so special to see them. Some were huge! There were a lot of people there. The ocean was calm. We kept watching the ocean, however, for any sudden changes. Truly spectacular experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • VLO
    6 contributions
    Lots of great snorkeling and swimming
    Amazing free place. DO NOT miss it! Parking is free at the trailhead, you just have to wait, there are only like 10 spots. I recommend to go at lunch time because that's when the morning groups come up because they're hungry and before the after lunch peeps get there. There is also plenty of parking at the nearby golf course for $20. It's about a 1/2 mile from the trailhead. We opted to wait for trailhead parking spot, because we had a cooler.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • HELEN DLR
    41 contributions
    Waves 🌊 & Surfing turtles
    Arrived at the peaceful moment of queen s bath. Then came the 🌊. Wave 1, we say ha. Wave 2, we say, ah. Wave 3, we say Wow, Wave, everyone running for our lives… Just like a queen, peace and authority can be dealt out to you in parallel. 😃 It’s serene to just sit and watch the waves. Brave kids were diving off the cliffs around the corner. If experiencing up to 15 feet up and down diving is your cup of soup, then look no where. Surfing turtles 🐢, huge ones, are so fun to watch. They ride the waves, paddle paddle, surf, paddle 😃 Princeville has some of the best of Kauai.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • kfairfax88
    Fairfax County, Virginia124 contributions
    Worth it but crowded
    The walk down seems treacherous because it is steep with lots of exposed roots and slick dirt but it is a very short walk so you can probably manage it and it is worth it. The views were spectacular over the black rocks. Great place for photos. Just know, if you plan on swimming, it is crowded, or at least it was when I was there. This isn't a secluded romantic spot or anything like that. It was wall to wall people in the bath. Still a cool experience just maybe don't expect to swim if you're very introverted or hate crowds.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Kristy
    Saint Louis, Missouri10 contributions
    What an adventure!
    OMG. this is a must do if you are relatively fit (we are in early 60s and active), and heed the warnings and are careful. The hike down is muddy and very slippery. We saw several ppl take small falls (thankfully no one seriously hurt). But the view when you get down there is so worth it! Fabulous! We went on a sat morning and to our great surprise there were parking spots available in the small lot at the trailhead. It was a very adventurous hike down (less so going up) but again well worth it. We did NOT go in the water but others did. I understand you're really not supposed to anymore.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Safari17483318698
    Naples, Florida3 contributions
    Queen’s Bath a beauty
    I went with my sister to Queen’s Bath. Wear hiking shoes or nonslip sturdy shoes. I’m not kidding. The path is basically mud steps that people have created with their foot steps. I was there the middle of Sept. My sister who had lived in Princeville said that it would be safe to go in the water based on the waves she was seeing. It can be very dangerous if you go after Oct 1st but you still have to have someone watch the sets of waves as they come in. It was an awesome experience and I was in for maybe 5 min. Just don’t ever turn your back to the ocean. I was very careful on the rocks walking there and back. It was beautiful to see and worth the trip. Leave young kids with a sitter. Don’t take them there.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 October 2023
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Safari17483318698
Naples, FL3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
I went with my sister to Queen’s Bath. Wear hiking shoes or nonslip sturdy shoes. I’m not kidding. The path is basically mud steps that people have created with their foot steps. I was there the middle of Sept. My sister who had lived in Princeville said that it would be safe to go in the water based on the waves she was seeing. It can be very dangerous if you go after Oct 1st but you still have to have someone watch the sets of waves as they come in. It was an awesome experience and I was in for maybe 5 min. Just don’t ever turn your back to the ocean. I was very careful on the rocks walking there and back. It was beautiful to see and worth the trip. Leave young kids with a sitter. Don’t take them there.
Written 8 October 2023
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Maggie H
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This is Closed until March of 2024! The parking is roped off and there is a locked gate that prevents you from getting to the attraction.
Written 7 October 2023
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kingmama
Glen Mills, PA400 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were staying at Hanalei Bay Resort so only 5 min drive. There were no spots in the small parking lot (which is in nice little residential neighborhood) and they will ticket you if park anywhere else. We took the car back and walked over (23 min) - by that time there were some spots open. it had rained the night before so it was muddy in places. definitely an old shoe or sandals you can walk in water" kind of trail.

It's a short trip down (5-15 min depending on mud). when you get to the "cliff" at the btm there's a trail down on the right. most people go left after that towards the baths, and miss that there is a big waterfall right in front of them (you are at the top and can't see it - have to walk across the rocks to the right and look back! see pic). then go to the original left and come across several baths. not sure which one is "queen's bath". they were all very low water levels and ocean calm on our June day - didn't go in any. Nice to walk along the coast to the end (last bath), saw turtles swimming, people cliff jumping, beautiful homes on cliffs (check zillow for the crazy prices!), and aquamarine water along the way. Spent ~1.5 hrs total. this is all flat walking once down off path but tons of rocks/boulders so fun if you like that, but need to really pay attention or can twist an ankle.
Written 27 September 2023
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Bebe
Kahului, HI1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
Parking was small & limited.. hiking down wasn’t too bad, view was amazing.. going back up was the challenge, my heart was beating so fast.. lol
Written 24 September 2023
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Kristy
Saint Louis, MO10 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
OMG. this is a must do if you are relatively fit (we are in early 60s and active), and heed the warnings and are careful. The hike down is muddy and very slippery. We saw several ppl take small falls (thankfully no one seriously hurt). But the view when you get down there is so worth it! Fabulous! We went on a sat morning and to our great surprise there were parking spots available in the small lot at the trailhead. It was a very adventurous hike down (less so going up) but again well worth it. We did NOT go in the water but others did. I understand you're really not supposed to anymore.
Written 17 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kfairfax88
Fairfax County, VA124 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
The walk down seems treacherous because it is steep with lots of exposed roots and slick dirt but it is a very short walk so you can probably manage it and it is worth it. The views were spectacular over the black rocks. Great place for photos.

Just know, if you plan on swimming, it is crowded, or at least it was when I was there. This isn't a secluded romantic spot or anything like that. It was wall to wall people in the bath. Still a cool experience just maybe don't expect to swim if you're very introverted or hate crowds.
Written 13 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dallas Traveler
149 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
If you are lucky enough to get a parking space, it is about a 20 minute hike to the Queens Bath area. We were there on a dry day in August and there had been no significant rainfall the entire week. Even with these great conditions and having the trail be officially open, it was not worth the time or effort to get there. It is a strenuous, slippery hike even when conditions look dry. There is some rock scrambling, and the path is rocky and treacherous in many places. I saw a twenty something fit guy slip and fall in front of me. And don’t even think about carrying much down there because you need your hands free to navigate the path. And once you get there, it is very scenic but no real place to swim - only one small pool with many people in it. My teens did not want to stay at all. They called the swimming area a worse version of our hotel pool and we all regretted taking the time to make this trip. If you have older people or little kids with you, don’t even think about it. For reference, we did the first two miles of the Kalalua Trail earlier in the week and it was significantly easier.
Written 6 August 2023
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Ryan B
Park City, UT124 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Seems like the signs and information advertising that people die here all the time just attracts folks who can’t make good life decisions. So many poor swimmers, weak hikers, and generally out of shape visitors flock to this spot. I can understand a quick visit to pretend you’re royalty but bringing a snorkeling sinkhole with your back to the ocean is just stupid. And people bring their kids…. Great example of how you ruin history for everyone.
Written 6 August 2023
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Barbara M
Albuquerque, NM1,278 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
I was injured. Husband nearly drowned. Clear day in August but you cannot control rogue waves. This is an extremely dangerous place. The "Skull and Crossbones" sign is there for a reason even though the only time the gate is closed is in winter. Visitors brag about having gone but my only comment to them is "you were lucky"!
Written 22 July 2023
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HELEN DLR
41 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Arrived at the peaceful moment of queen s bath. Then came the 🌊. Wave 1, we say ha. Wave 2, we say, ah. Wave 3, we say Wow, Wave, everyone running for our lives… Just like a queen, peace and authority can be dealt out to you in parallel. 😃

It’s serene to just sit and watch the waves. Brave kids were diving off the cliffs around the corner. If experiencing up to 15 feet up and down diving is your cup of soup, then look no where.

Surfing turtles 🐢, huge ones, are so fun to watch. They ride the waves, paddle paddle, surf, paddle 😃

Princeville has some of the best of Kauai.
Written 8 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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