UPDATE: Due to continued hazardous ocean conditions, the access gate to Queen’s Bath is closed. Ocean Safety officials assess ocean conditions daily and will reopen access when it is deemed safe for the public. Typically, Queens Bath reopens in the summer.
Queens Bath Kauai near our Princeville Resort rentals is known for its Jekyll and Hyde personality. While calm in summer it can be the complete opposite in winter during high surf.
Spotlight on Kauai Beaches – Queens Bath
Our best advice is to enjoy Queens Bath when the ocean surface is flat to four feet. That means not during winter months or when the tide is high. If Queens Bath looks like the photo in this post when you visit, it’s better to sit back, enjoy the sunrise and come back on a calmer day.
During perfect conditions you’ll have fun in this giant tide pool teeming with tropical fish. The water can be crystal clear as you play in its lava crater at the edge of the ocean. This is a great place just to relax and soak in the majestic view of the rocky shoreline and ocean.
When the conditions are not perfect, the ocean may even cover Queens Bath from view. Even if it’s visible in winter, the swells can be unpredictable and pull you out to sea. This is when it’s better to pick one of our Kauai beaches to enjoy.
Kauai Hiking at Queens Bath.
Unlike nearby Hanalei Bay with its easy beach access, Queens Bath requires a 25 minute hike to reach. The trailhead is located in a residential area near some our Princeville rentals.
From the small parking area, which is often full in summer, you’ll hike down a dirt path and stairway that seems far removed from the residential area above. The trail is often slippery so this is a good time to have hiking or tennis shoes with you. Along the way you’ll pass a stream and waterfall in a tropical landscape.
Even if you can’t take advantage of Queens Bath when you get there, the scenic view of the coast and ocean is worth the trip. Once your reach the ocean, turn left and follow the rocks along the sea to Queens Bath if conditions are calm. You’ll also enjoy a beautiful view of Bali Hai.
Queens Bath History.
This is the second Queens Bath in Hawaii. The first one on the Big Island was used in ancient times by the Ali`i (royalty) and formed in a collapsed lava tube. We attribute its name on Kauai in honor of Queen Emma who visited here in the 1800’s. The community of Princeville is named in recognition of her son, Prince Albert Kamehameha, who came to this area in 1860.
Queens Bath Safety Tips.
- Remove valuables from your car before you hike.
- Best parking is early in the day.
- Have sunscreen and mosquito repellent handy.
- Bring an old pair of shoes for the hike.
- Be aware of ocean conditions any time of year and use caution.
- Rocks, pool and trail can be slippery so watch your step.
Directions to Queens Bath.
Stay at our Kauai vacation rental, Kapiolani Villa, and you will be a short walk to Queens Bath on your Kauai vacation. You can also drive to the trailhead from our other Princeville Resort rentals including Alii Kai. When you enter Princeville on Ka Haku Road, turn right on Punahele before you reach the Hanalei Bay Resort and Pali Ke Kua condos. Follow Punahele to the top of Kapiolani where you will find parking.
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