Queen's Bath Trail

MODERATE 105 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
4 minutes 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
23 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

walking
19 days 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.

21 days ago

Super fun, lots of pools, saw giant sea turtles from shore, as well as a seal. Easy hike, a little hard on the knees, would be harder if muddy. Lots of reckless behavior on the rocks. Tourists really shouldn't assume they can do as the athletic local teenagers.

hiking
28 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! It's a nice stroll (Kauai style=moderate) through the foliage and then bam! Two waterfalls on the way! Swimming was refreshing! Take a snorkel mask! See the underwater world! Get there early! Very very limited parking and too, not nearly as many people!

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Muddy and heavily trafficked but well worth the baths at the end.

1 month ago

Did this with my 3.5yr old in our hiking carrier and 7mo pregnant wife! The trail is slippery/slopey but manageable as long as you pace yourself and use caution of course! So worth it at the bottom-we loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, but steep downhill and very slippery in the mud. Based on the amount of rain that falls in Kauai, the trail is probably slippery much of the time. We wore trail shoes but saw many people in flip-flops and sandals. The Queens Bath is beautiful and we also saw sea turtles. Just be careful and prepared for mud.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Breath taking views!

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively easy hike if done with proper footwear. The water pool was amazing and we also spotted a wild turtle in the ocean. If you wear slippers and they are wet, I would recommend hiking back to the top bare foot. Parking was limited near the trailhead and it is recommended to park near the golf club.

1 month ago