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Queen’s Bath – Kaua’i, Hawai’i

Queen’s Bath is a super controversial place to visit in Kaua’i. Before leaving, Matt and I read really contradictory posts about whether or not it was safe to visit. We ultimately decided to at least hike to it and see what exactly it was all about, but that we weren’t going to swim in it.

We were very excited when we found out that the trail to Queen’s Bath was just down the road from our condo! We left bright and early, which was good because the parking area for the pool was really small, and we didn’t want to get a ticket. The trail takes you through a patch of forest until opening up to the coast. Be careful because the almost daily rains make the mud here very slippery – I fell once on the way back up.

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The trail is tree-covered and shady and winds around a small stream.

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This stream falls into a couple of different small falls. I just adore watching waterfalls flow.

Then you suddenly come to a spot that the trail opens up to the coast and you get some beautiful views of the beautiful North Shore. The North Shore is notorious for extremely dangerous and unpredictable surf, especially in the winter. We took the warning of ‘never turn your back to the ocean‘ very seriously.

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Looking out at the ocean was worth the hike, but then it gets even more beautiful!

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This sign, which was actually made by a local, from what I’ve heard. But it did its job of warning, and scaring people. When I saw this sign with the tally marks of people who were swept away and had drowned, I was feeling incredibly uneasy about even walking to close to the edge – of course, I have a MAJOR ocean phobia. 

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This “bath” isn’t Queen’s Bath. In fact it isn’t really a bath. This tiny inlet fills with water and then when the tide rolls back out you can really see the power of the ocean as it sucks it all back down. My strong suggestion would be don’t ever get in the water here or stand too near the edge. Even in the summer it looked pretty intense!

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this was a small wave compared to some that crashed against the far edge 

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this was after a wave crashed – that lower ledge on the right is completely covered, and look at that wave about to hit! So beautiful, but insanely powerful. Respect mother nature and her amazing strength! 

Now, the actual Queen’s Bath is a totally different story. We came with the decision already made that we weren’t going to swim, but I regret that decision. Obviously, this is something that each person needs to decide on their own, but in the summer when we were hear, I truly felt that we would’ve been safe swimming in the pool [only Queen’s Bath – below].

Now, I can see how someone can be swept away standing on the edge, but I personally wish that we would’ve worn swimsuits just in case, and on our next trip to Kaua’i I want to take a dip in the Queen’s Bath.

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Even with this decent bit of a crashing wave, the rocks block it quite a bit. I would definitely stay toward the middle, but I’m taking a dip next time for sure!

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I think it’s very important to heed warnings and to be smart when going places that can be unpredictable. Trust your gut. Listen to what others say. Be aware of how seasons + weather can change environments and make your own decisions. What do you think? Would you swim in Queen’s Bath?!

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Eric
    September 5, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I’m going to Kaua’i this week! Looks like a beautiful place to swim, but I probably won’t go just because of the warnings. Seems to scary 0_0

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    marie
    September 6, 2016 at 4:35 am

    I think you made the right decision! It isn’t worth risking life and limb just for a swim and that is quite a list of deaths. You took some beautiful pictures!

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    Wandering JM
    September 6, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Well it is beautiful but Not worth to risk your lives. There are other places similar to this that are safer.

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    abcdeghizzy
    September 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Definitely pinning this one! That photo of the plaque with the tally marks for those who’ve drowned is really perturbing but you caught some very tranquil moments there. I think you can gauge it based on the strength of the waves but that just means you have to come back! This place really reminds me of The Devil’s Pool in the Victoria Falls. That is on the TOP of my bucket list!

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    Shayan Naveed (@ShayanBkk)
    September 6, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Oh I would be so upset if I didn’t have a bathing suit or shorts. I’d go in in my underwear or something cuz you have to get in there! It’s so cool. I can imagine my wife stopping me though.

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    Vinny Idol
    September 9, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Beautiful Photos. I wouldnt “swim” in the queens bath, but Id stick a toe in. It looks very dangerous, yet peaceful. Thanks for the background info. youre braver than I am.

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    Amandas_Wanderlust
    November 17, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I must admit the Queen’s Bath looks lovely in the pictures you took and I would have been very tempted as I love a wild swim. But there must be good reasons for the warnings so I think I would have aired on the side of caution too in the end. I guess in different weather or at a different time of year it could be a quite different place.

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    Jen Morrow
    November 17, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Beautiful spot for a swim! I would definitely get in that water, with a firm respect for the ocean waves. The warning sign was a good idea, many people underestimate the power of the ocean.

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    Susanna Kelly
    November 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I for one am really glad you guys are promoting safe travel practices. I follow some travel bloggers that encourage people to do illegal or dangerous things. So, thank you! I understand your disappointment and I do think it’s a good idea to pack a swim suite just in case, but better safe than sorry. This looks like an awesome hike regardless!

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    The Soul of Seoul
    November 17, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I like to heed warnings too haha. I probably wouldn’t have jumped in but the view does look amazing! What a spot.

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    Nisha
    November 17, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Well, if you ask me, it is beautiful but I don’t think I would like to swim there. But yes, would have sat there and admired the beauty of the place. 🙂

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    Jo
    November 17, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Oh queen’s bath looks lovely. I didn’t know it was controversial, why is it so? Also, I know that feeling when I say I am not gonna swim, then trek up 13kms and think shit why didn’t I carry my swimsuit haha. Story of my life ;p

  • Reply
    thetravelpockets
    November 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been to Hawaii and haven’t heard of this location. I think I might be a bit scared especially after seeing those tally marks!

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    mappingmegan
    November 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    It does look like a beautiful place to swim – I can see how it could be quite dangerous area though – that sign hits home quite hard!! I would personally probably go for it and swim 🙂

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    Samantha Elisabeth
    November 17, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Oh wow, I’d be terrified too! Those waves don’t look like they’re messing around. But the views are stunning! I think going swimming wouldn’t be tooooo bad!

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    Sally
    November 17, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Awesome! I absolutely loved Kauai when I went last year. I didn’t hear about queens bath though! What side of the island was it on?

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      Paige Wunder
      November 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      It’s on the north shore. Just up from Hanalei Bay! Which side were you on?

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