When people ask me what to do, where to go on Kauai, I always suggest Queen’s Bath, a tidepool located in the back of the neighborhood Princeville.
It offers everything you want to do - hiking, sightseeing, nature walking, swimming, and amazing views of Na Pali. It could take as little as an hour or as much as a half day, leaving you with plenty of time to explore more thing on the north shore.
Due to high surf advisory, it’s not recommended to visit during the winter.
The water in the pool is crystal clear and you can see fishes swimming in the tidepools. There is a place to jump off into the pool, and there is a place to wade as well. Along the lava rocks you will always be able see sea turtles swimming and fishing. To your right, you will see breathtaking views of Na Pali coast, and nothing but blue ocean in front of you.
I can't get over about how beautiful this place is. I could lay on the lava rocks all day, listening to the waves, embracing the tradewinds and watching sea turtles.
The pond offers a fun change to ocean swimming, and is very safe when the waves are calm. The fish will swim right under you, and someone got bit by a eel once, so just be aware of that hazard.
Queen’s bath is accessible by a very short mild trail through some tropical greenery. Then, a walk along the lava rock cliffs leads you to the tidepools. Along the lava rocks you will always be able see sea turtles swimming and fishing.
I’ve taken my mother and aunt here, both who are older and not "active" or into any sort of hiking, and they were only midly uncomfortable with the short hike. It’s mostly downhill, but there is some very steep step like areas that you will have to take big steps up and down. The walk to the tidepools takes a MAX 20 minutes.
When you find the spot, there is a 10 car parking lot space, that has been full lately. Park in the neighborhood and walk. This is frowned upon, but no one will notice as long as you are respectful. Most of the houses in the neighborhood are timeshares or condo rentals anyway.
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Queen's Bath is one of the most unique and refreshing swimming areas on the island. The "pool" is carved into a lava shelf and is the size of several large swimming pools. The government has recently closed this site during the winter months due to law suits from tourist who have been hurt from natural conditions.
Take Highway 56 to Princeville. Turn right on Ka Haku Road. Turn right on Punahele and right again on Kapiolani. Park along the road at the end of Kapiolani and follow the dirt trail along the stream for about 25 yards. At the end of the trail turn left for about 300 yards to the Bath.