Visiting the Island of Kauai, then make sure to check out the tide pools at Queen’s Bath in Princeville.
The Beautiful Queen’s Bath Hike
Let me go ahead and confirm it for you now, yes this area can be dangerous and people have died. Yes, the waves can become very large and powerful to sweep people off the rocks and into the ocean. It has happen many times over the past few decades.
The sign at the beginning of the rocky tide pools lets visitors know that people have died. So please take cation and follow the guided signs. If the weather or tide is bad then don’t go. Also, the winter time isn’t the best time to go with higher surf conditions.
So, now that I have scared you, let me just say, if you can hike down to see the tide pools, waterfalls, and the igneous rocks from past volcanoes eruptions, then do it. It is worth making the trek down this non-maintained path. The views and sea organisms are worth it. Look for the some of the different sea urchins with this great guide from the Hawaii Ocean Project site.
Hiking or what I much worth rather say, slipping, down the path only took about 30 minutes for us. We did have wet weather beforehand, which made the path much more muddy and slippery.
Did I fall? Yes! Did I see others fall, like my friend? Yes I did and let’s be honest at least it made me feel better. Yet, there were still others coming down the path who somehow had better coordination and refused to slip. Bravo to them and I’m jealous!
Remember to never turn your back to the ocean, a rouge swell can always come up and knock you down or sweep you out. Don’t forget to take out what you bring in. Keep it clean for future visitors and especially for the organisms that call it home.
Info on Queen’s Bath
- Check tide and weather conditions beforehand
- Cost: $0
- Only swim in the very far pools located to the left once you make it to the ocean
- Water temp 77 – 81 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 – 27 Celsius
- It is a out & back unmaintained trail
- Distance 0.8 miles or 1.287 km
- Elevation Gain 98 feet
- No dogs allowed
- Free parking in a very small lot (only a few spaces)
- No facilities
- November – May are not ideal months to go due to high surf
What To Bring
- Good hiking shoes that can get muddy
- Walking stick if you have one
- Water and snacks
- Snorkel mask
- Waterproof camera or phone
Click here for map and directions
What To Expect
This is just one of the many gorgeous hikes and tide pools that “the Garden Island” has to offer. If you are planning on taking the quick trip over to the big island of Hawaii, then here is a quick guide on what to do in 36 hours.
Have you been to Queen’s Bath or are you planning on going? What did you think of it? Was it worth it? Leave a comment or suggestions and let us know.