"Queens Bath Waterfalls"

Princeville (Kauai Island), Hawaii, USA

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The Lower Queens Bath Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The "Queens Bath Waterfalls" are what I'm dubbing this pair of waterfalls that we noticed when we went looking for the tidal pool that apparently people can swim in when the tides are calm (it wasn't when we were there; not that we were going for a swim anyways).

The upper waterfall (see below) tumbles some 15-30ft before dropping into a small but serene pool. The lower waterfall (see photo above) plunges about 15ft right into a churning inlet surrounded by lava already tortured by the elements of surf, wind, and rain.

The walk to these falls was a pretty straightforward 120ft descent. We left the well-established car park and residential area along a somewhat slippery path alongside a stream containing these waterfalls ultimately entering a large bench of sculpted lava (better have decent shoes here). However, we didn't walk far enough towards the Hanalei Bay side of the bench where allegedly the Queen's Bath itself was. Maybe next time we'll check it out and see for ourselves what hoopla is about.

While reading about who the queen of Queen's Bath was referring to, I learned that this area was locally named as a tribute to Queen Emma, the mother of Prince Albert after whom Princeville was named. Sometimes, the once-abundant now threatened Hawaiian Monk Seal is said to make an appearance from its nesting sanctuary in the coral-fringed islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (though we didn't see one on our December 2006 trip).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Closer look at the Upper Queens Bath WaterfallCloser look at the Upper Queens Bath Waterfall
When we drove from Kapa'a to Princeville, we made a brief detour to Kilauea where we saw this attractive yet popular lightouseWhen we drove from Kapa'a to Princeville, we made a brief detour to Kilauea where we saw this attractive yet popular lightouse
Looking towards Hanalei Bay, which was very close to the condo we were staying at in PrincevilleLooking towards Hanalei Bay, which was very close to the condo we were staying at in Princeville
We loved the Princeville condo we were staying at, and one of the main reasons why was this view out the back window towards the crashing waves against Kaua'i's northern shoreWe loved the Princeville condo we were staying at, and one of the main reasons why was this view out the back window towards the crashing waves against Kaua'i's northern shore
Julie descending down the pathJulie descending down the path

The upper waterfall on the way to the Queen's BathThe upper waterfall on the way to Queen's Bath

Contextual look at the lower waterfallContextual look at the lower waterfall

We noticed some people continuing towards the Hanalei Bay side where I believe the Queen's Bath was supposed to be.  Maybe we should've followed them since we were here alreadyWe noticed some people continuing towards the Hanalei Bay side where I believe the Queen's Bath was supposed to be. Maybe we should've followed them since we were here already

Another look at the Lower Queens Bath WaterfallAnother look at the Lower Queens Bath Waterfall


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Hwy 56 in Princeville (about 30 miles or an hour drive north of Lihu'e), head north on Ka Haku Road (which curves westward amongst vacation rental condominiums and golf courses) for 1.5 miles to Punahele Road. Turn right onto Punahele Road, and in about a quarter-mile turn right at the second Kapiolani Loop entrance. From Kapiolani Loop, park at the small but developed parking area immediately to your left.

Note that if you do happen to turn right at the first instance of Kapiolani Loop, I suppose you could drive this loop to the car park which would now be on your right.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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