Queen’s Bath, in Princeville, Kauai, is a beautiful but potentially dangerous tidepool that is a popular tourist attraction. In the summer months, the pool looks like a big, natural hot tub with many guests. In the winter months, pounding surf makes the pool a dangerous place, though the pool can be dangerous at any time. A makeshift sign (photo below) near the bath warns there have been 29 drownings (number not verified) and that “unexpected large waves will knock you off rocks & sweep you out to sea!”
Parking for Queen’s Bath is in a residential area in the proximity of the St. Regis Princeville Resort, Hanalei Bay Resort and the Wyndham Bali Hai Villas. The parking is near the end of Punahele Road, which is just off Ka Haku Road, the main road that runs through Princeville. There is usually not enough parking for the many visitors. (Some people who stay nearby opt to walk or bike to the area.)
A trail located at the right of the parking lot leads down to the ocean. The slippery path is picturesque and mostly shaded, and there is a waterfall near the bottom. Once at sea level you will be on lava rock that must be navigated for several hundred meters to get to the bath. If the tide is low, you will first see a rectangular tidepool, but that is not the Queen’s Bath. Keep going until you see the round pool. If conditions are calm, there might be dozens of people (and even a few pets) in and around the bath area.
Again, Queen’s Bath can be a dangerous area. Unexpected large waves can suddenly appear. If needed, there are safety tubes located on signs along the coast.
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