Queen's Bath

The Queen's Bath is a unique ocean pool on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaii. The ocean pool is formed by lava rock and next to multiple lagoons.[1] It is located on the north shore of Kauaʻi in the town of Princeville, at 22°13′44.9″N 159°29′15.0″W / 22.229139°N 159.487500°W / 22.229139; -159.487500.[2] Small fish and tiny sea life live inside the bath while green sea turtles are a common sight in the surrounding waters.[clarification needed][3]

Waterfall in Queen's Bath, Kauaʻi, Hawaii

The original "Queen's Bath" was located in Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.[4] It was formed after a lava tube collapsed and filled with fresh water supplied by natural springs. In ancient times only the Aliʻi (Royalty) were permitted entry to the sacred waters.[5] In 1983 Kilauea erupted and in 1987 the original site was destroyed by lava flow.[6]

Only after the original site on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi was destroyed did the location on Kauai become better known as "Queen's Bath". The bath was used for what it sounds like; it was a royal bathing place. It was also used as a place of relaxation when an Aliʻi needed to "wash off the stress".


Sign warning visitors about drownings

The swimming area is accessible via a short trail. Parts of the trail are steep with slick mud. It is a very dangerous site and not recommended for weak hikers or swimmers. In the winter, during periods of high surf, it is considered deadly. As of June 2021, 30 people had drowned after being swept off the rocks by the sneaker waves.[citation needed]


Queen's Bath used to be called Keanalele and known for a mound with the most concentrated complex petroglyphs in Hawai'i.[7][8]


Local islanders came up with a sport called "Rushfall" at the Queen's Bath, which was officially released to the public in 2010. In this sport, cliff jumps are timed with waves.


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  3. ^ John Derrick; Natasha Derrick (2006). Kauai - Mile by Mile Guide: The Best of the Garden Isle. Hawaiian Style Organization. pp. 132–133. ISBN 978-0-9773880-4-2.
  4. ^ Pukui, Elbert, Mookini (1966). Place Names of Hawaii (Report). Vol. 207. United States Geological Survey. 10992.
  5. ^ "Queen's Bath vs. Queen's Pond". Kukui‘ula. July 19, 2014. Archived from the original on 2023-01-30. Retrieved 2023-05-27.
  6. ^ Global Volcanism Program (March 1987). McClelland, L. (ed.). "Report on Kilauea (United States)". Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin. Smithsonian Institution. 12: 3. doi:10.5479/si.gvp.sean198703-332010.
  7. ^ Cox J. Halley, with Edward Stasack. 1970. Hawaiian Petroglyphs. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Special Publication 60. Honolulu.
  8. ^ "Pu'u-loa" Place names of Hawai'i. Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert and Ester T. Mookini. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 1974.