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.

-P

Would we go to Skyzone again?!

Being a family with four kids and living on one income, most of what we do is budgeted and planned for. And to piggy off a previous post, we enjoy getting gifts that are things we can do with the kids (which this was, thanks to Aunt Gail and Uncle Greg). Of course, we try to plan fun things and do different things with the kids, but when you are talking almost $100 for all 6 of us for an hour of fun, it’s not always feasible. Because we are focused on becoming debt free, we have to make sacrifices and choices on what we can do with the kids, generally leaving only “free” options on the table.

However, this Christmas we received a gift card to take the kids to Skyzone.  If you haven’t been or heard of this place, well, it is a blast! Trampolines from wall-to-wall and best of all, the whole family was jumping, from our two-year-old to us old-timers! (It did take a few minutes to get used to the motion of a trampoline at this age though.)

The kids have all been off school for over two weeks for the holidays and then we had a few snow days, so we decided to take advantage of our last day at home before getting back to the daily grind and it was the perfect way to go get out some energy after not leaving the house for the last 4 days because of the cold.

When we arrived, we had to fill out a waiver and get the “Skyzone socks” to be permitted to go and jump to our heart’s content.  Once we were socked up, we headed straight to the foam pit.  Testing our best natural abilities in flight, we launched ourselves several feet into the air and falling quickly to a large pit of foam square blocks.  Within the foam pit was a swinging ladder where Paul showed the kids how to climb it without falling off.

Parker was the first to attempt the ascent to the other side of the pit.  Slowly and skillfully working his arms and legs slowly and meticulously to maintain his center of gravity, Paul would call out instructions for him to follow.  Halfway through and Parker was on his own, finally making it the other side and earning a Skyzone Wristband.

Next was Eli, half the size of Parker, it was an impressive feat to watch him spread his little body over the unstable ladder and control it.  Slowly but surely, he mastered each rung, pulling himself to the other side of the pit and earning himself a wristband as well!

After the pit, we all went and jumped in the large jump area. Sure enough, Paul was up in the air calling out poses and twisting his body in funny configurations in which the kids would work to mimic. It is amazing how quickly kids adapt to new scenarios and adjust to conform to their current situation. Each kid with a big smile on their face was laughing and working to twist their bodies quickly to keep up and even come up with their own silly poses.

An hour of straight jumping was a blast! What an exceptional way to get out and do something fun and active.

-court