Queen's Bath Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews

Queen's Bath Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Princeville, Hawaii that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Be aware of the tides and avoid this area if the waves make it dangerous. This is a short hike to a jumping and swimming spot with 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".

hiking
43 minutes ago

Beautiful sunset hike. Swim holes are amazing. Trail can be wet and slick in some spots, would suggest water or hiking shoes.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Worth the short hike. Take the long way from the Malakai Golf Course parking lot since the Queen's parking lot is closed for re-surfacing. Saw 8 sea turtles and 500 tourists (me included).

5 days ago

Guards said the road was "closed" to anyone but residents for paving. Wouldn't let me past.

Difficult to get to when wet but awesome! Saw lots of sea turtles

hiking
12 days ago

13 days ago

Awesome but vary slippery and muddy!!! Get ready to go on a mud slide! Also not a lot of parking

13 days ago

Nothing like it. Peaceful. Not too many ppl. Go early.

13 days ago

Nothing like it. Peaceful. Not too many ppl. Go early.

hiking
14 days ago

Quick easy hike. Saw a lot of sea turtles.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful, short, hike! Very slick trail, especially after a hard rain. On our first trip to Kauai we wore flip flops down the trail - mistake. On our last visit, we wore hiking boots - much better.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

It's a great trail but be forewarned it can get very muddy.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Parking can be a problem at peak times. Sweet hike down to lava and cliffs with waterfall along the way. Very heavily traveled. You can swim in the bath or leap into the sea for those who want. Many sea turtles visible. We counted over 10 at one time. Check it out if you are in the area. Saw a White Rumped Sharma, Tropic Bird and Japanese White Eye if you are interested in birds.

This is a stellar experience. We ignored the sign a jumped from the cliffs. There are sea turtles swimming around, and lots of waves crashing on the rocks. We rode our bikes vs taking a car, because parking is very limited. Wear hiking shoes or water socks, it's a bit slippery. Love the exposed tree roots, and lush landscape on the trail.