Hiking Hawaii (2/3) – Queen’s Bath

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.

Queen's Bath
Queen’s Bath in Princeville offers some nice tide pools along with some fun cliff jumping.

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.

A trail leading to Queen's Bath.
A trail leading to Queen’s Bath in Princeville, Kauai.

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.

A waterfall in Princeville, Hawaii.
A waterfall that runs along the trail while you’re hiking to Queen’s Bath in Princeville, Hawaii.

Before you enter the lava rock coast you will come across a warning sign.

A warning sign on the way to Queen's Bath.
A warning sign on the way to Queen’s Bath.

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.

A waterfall at Queen's Bath on the Island of Kauai.
A waterfall at Queen’s Bath on the Island of Kauai.

It is a surreal view, walking out of jungle-like terrain, into an open terrain that deadends into the ocean.

People walk over the lava-rock coastline at Queen's Bath.
People walk over the lava-rock coastline at Queen’s Bath.

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.

Adventure seekers look over the coastline of Queen's Bath.
Adventure seekers look over the coastline of Queen’s Bath.

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.

Adventure seekers gather around a jump site at Queen's Batch.
Adventure seekers gather around a jump site at Queen’s Batch.

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.

Cliff jumpers enjoy the jump sites at Queen's Bath.
Cliff jumpers enjoy the jump sites at Queen’s Bath.

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.

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9 Experiences To Give As Gifts

 

As the holidays have just pasted, we reflected on the busyness of the season and all the new memories made with family and friends.  This made us think about what we gave and got for gifts and what gifts we cherished the most.  To this point, it was the time spent with our family and friends, the laughs, hugs, and community we share that we cherish.

So why is it we spend so much time looking for “stuff” to give that will generally just clutter someone’s living space and be discarded in time? Why don’t we give more gifts of experience and our time?  Because at the end of the day is it really that gift you received that you enjoyed most of the holiday?…..(maybe if you really don’t like your family)

Since we are a family of six living off of one income, we have tried to make it a point to ask for gifts of “experiences” as much as possible. We do this for a couple of reasons, we have limited space for more toys and a limited budget to spend on these experiences, especially as we get closer to paying off all our debt. (There will be more to share about our journey of working to become debt-free soon!)

We want their childhood filled full of memories of going places, trying new things, seeing something for the first time, and having those memories with the family that loves them most. We have tossed so many bags of broken, discarded toys into the trash or have donated them. Will they cherish the memories and playing with plastic toys or will they value the time that their family poured into them? I have gotten some push-back from people feeling like they won’t be excited to receive their “gift” of something non-traditional, but this is when I suggest they do it with them. The kids love sharing memories with other family members, they (and we as parents) treasure the times Mamaw and Papaw take them to the movies or when Papa goes to the indoor waterpark with us!

Here is a list of 9 great experiences that we have been given, loved or plan on doing soon:

  1. swim lessons – Gift cards to the local rec center pay for the kids’ swim lessons.
  2. family zoo pass – Our family of 6 can get a zoo pass for the year for $100 with unlimited trips and fun. We go almost weekly when the weather is nice!
  3. movie tickets – The kids have loved the times their grandparents take them to the movies.
  4. overnight at an indoor water park – We went to Great Wolf Lodge with one set of the grandparents and having four adults for four kids in the water park was perfect, everyone enjoyed themselves and we weren’t stressed about having to watch all four of them in the water just the two of us.
  5. train ride – As a gift, we got one of the kids’ grandmas a gift certificate for all of us to ride the train and spend the day together. She loved the day with the kids and times like this are what we live for.
  6. city park and rec gift certificates – Can be used to get into the city pools, putt-putt golf, batting cages, etc.
  7. dance lessons – We plan on signing Gigi up for dance lessons soon after her 3rd birthday that is coming up.
  8. tickets to an event – We were recently given tickets to a MarvelLive show and the boys loved it, this is something we wouldn’t normally get the chance to do with them.
  9. exploring new places – Some of our favorite times together as a family are exploring new places. We are surrounded by metroparks and the kids love hiking!

What are some experiences you have given or received as gifts? We are always looking for something new and fun to gift the kids!

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