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“Not for the Novice”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Princeville
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Owner description: Natural pool carved into a lava shelf, the size of several large swimming pools.
California
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31 reviews
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“Not for the Novice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

Remember that Kauai is more rugged than any of the other Hawaiian islands....it is more in its natural state which has left public access to this ancient wonder that sounds like a passive place to enjoy.

Truth is... more than a few people have died or been seriously injured at the Queen's bath...the Pacific Ocean is more unpredictable than the Atlantic so watch the waves beyond the rock for several minutes before you enter this lava rock pool....

What happens is visitors get either too close to the rocks closest the the ocean or they are overwhelmed by the inflow of water...think of this place as a giant tide pool about 8 to 10 feet deep and maybe 60 to 80 feet all around...

Do Not go into the pool if you see the waves moving the pool water at all is our rule.... Enter as gently as possible as the rocks below are hard to see if you trying diving in...

Just to get there is a challenge for anyone who cannot handle narrow trails and rock paths of about 1/2 to 3/4 mile...some places are slippy and steep...

Use your head on Kauai....understand Nature is the Boss here and at many other places...Use footwear that grips the mud and rocks....Respect Nature and she will amaze you time and time again on this island.

Visited September 2011
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Definitely worth the stop, one of the highlights of the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

I heard many mixed things on the Queens Bath- from its beauty and fun, to its danger and its deaths. That being said, I still wanted to at least take a look. The walk down is a little tight and roots everywhere. I could see it being a bit slick after a rain. Luckily for us, it had been pretty dry over the last few days. Once down the dirt walk, you still have a 1/4 mile walk across the lava rocks and its not bad if you take your time. Once to the bath, its a very pretty view and if you are lucky to get there when the waves aren't too big and the tide is lower like when we were there, its a good opportunity to swim in a nice deep pool. There were some rocks that we were jumping off of into the water as well and we had a great time. There were probably 20-30 people there and having a great time.

I would definitely accept the warnings that it can be a deadly place. Even at low tide with not huge waves, some of them would crash up over and into the bath and you could tell the power of the ocean and if the water was stronger, I could definitely tell that it was powerful enough to pull you off of the rocks and knock you down or out to sea, so use caution and common sense.

Visited March 2012
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Newport, Rhode Island
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“Número UNO”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

We were staying in Princeville....so walking or driving here was a regular event.....we got in to swim too, a couple of times....BUT....don't be fooled....if waves are breaking into the bath, or on the shoreline.....Don't go near it !

Visited April 2011
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Calgary, Canada
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“Challenging to get to, but a fun way to spend a couple hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

It is a bit of a hike down a path and across a rocky beach, but the surf surrounding it makes for great views. I would recommend going to it on a dry, calm day, as path to it would be difficult in wet conditions. I'm not sure if you could swim in the pool if the seas were rough. Fun little swimming hole. You need to be in decent shape to climb down to it.

Visited March 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Unique swimming hole”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

Challenging hike to get there, but what a great place.

Visited January 2012
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