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A Paradise within a Paradise: Queen’s Bath in Kauai, Hawaii

Queen’s Bath is a hidden gem amongst one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Despite how dangerous it can be, visitors continue to trek the steep trail down to the beautiful tide pool.

But the trail isn’t the most dangerous part of visiting this area. Many people have been injured or killed after being caught by unsuspecting waves that swept them off the rocks. If you do decide to visit, please do so with caution.

Important things to consider before you go:

  1. Check the surf report before you go, and if they are reporting waves that are 4 feet or bigger, you should avoid visiting.
  2. Do not stand on the rocks between the tide pool and the ocean, as many people have been surprised by waves and swept out to sea.
  3. Don’t jump into the pool as the depth varies from day-to-day.
  4. Do not visit from November through March as the conditions are most dangerous during the winter.

Parking is very limited, so if you are going to go, your best bet is to try to get there early in the morning. Wear appropriate footwear, as the trail leading down to the bath can be muddy and slippery.

How to get to the Queen’s Bath:

When you reach Princeville on the Ka Haku road, take a right and drive up the Punahele road for about 0.4 miles to reach the trailhead. There are only about 12 parking spaces, and you are not allowed to park on the street without a permit, so be prepared to wait or come back another time if you are not among the first visitors there in the morning.

April 11, 2022

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