If you want a less strenuous adventure than the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii, I would recommend taking an afternoon and visiting Queen’s Bath in Princeville.
Princeville is on the northeastern side of the island and has some awesome shops and great eating spots. But we aren’t here to talk about shopping and eating. We are here to talk about adventure and fun!
In order to get to Queen’s Bath, you will need to expect to make a 15-20 minute hike. Although this hike is not terribly difficult, you should always exercise caution and safety. Upon entering the trail you will find that it is rather uneven and there are a lot of tree roots that can cause you to trip. I arrogantly wore sandals to this spot and immediately regretted it. Take some good tennis shoes to wear on this hike or some good water shoes.
Once you get close to getting through this trail and out to the coastline where the Queen’s Bath is you will have a nice photo opportunity with a little waterfall next to the trail.
Before you enter the lava rock coast you will come across a warning sign.
Be sure to do your research before visiting this spot. Although it is beautiful, it is equally dangerous and visiting during the wrong time could lead to some unfortunate circumstances.
Finally reaching coming out to the lava rock coastline you can see where the stream from the waterfall flows into the ocean. With several inlets where the ocean has carved into the coastline, this shoreline is a fun place to explore.
It is a surreal view, walking out of jungle-like terrain, into an open terrain that deadends into the ocean.
Making your way over the lava rock, if not wearing proper footwear, you will be wishing you did. This tough terrain isn’t difficult to manage; however, you are walking over rocks and you will need to be careful.
Now let’s get to the exciting part of this little adventure. The cliff jumping! Now for a novice such as myself, this can be rather intimidating at first. Luckily, there were either locals there or other vacationers who have done this before. This portion of Queen’s Bath offers a 30-foot cliff to jump from. Timing the flow of the ocean coming into the pool area and when you jump is necessary. You will want to make sure you jump as the water comes in to provide you with more distance between you and to rocks underneath the surface.
Knowing exactly where to jump is paramount in having a safe and fun time. Once you make that leap into the water, the thrill and excitement wash over you. You let yourself immerse in the flow over the ocean. Feeling your body move in and out with the waves. Making your way to the exit point, again, you will need to be careful, catching a wave as it comes in helps you get on top of the rocks instead of being slammed into them.
There are a couple jump points in this area and both are a blast to jump from. Also, take time to explore the coastline a bit. There are some tide pools and of course the “Queen’s Bath” tide pool that is worth spending time at.
The more research you do before visiting this amazing island the more fun you will have. Be sure to check out my other posts about the Kalalau Trail and finding sea turtles in a hidden cave.