Queen's Bath (this place is extremely dangerous and not a recommended spot to visit)


The only reason we are including the Queen's Bath on our list of beaches on Kauai is to dissuade you from going there at all. At the time of this writing I am not exactly certain how many people have lost their lives here but a year has passed by since the official tally had reached 29 persons. As far as we are concerned at Tom Barefoot's Tours, this place is way "off the charts" dangerous. When I was a kid there was a traffic fatality at a newly constructed highway intersection and the town went ballistic because of misleading signage and did everything they could to get the word out so no further deaths would occur. This mind you was based upon one death only. By any reasonable standard the statistics of deaths and near drownings at Queen's Bath qualifies this place as a "slaughter house". The risk/reward ratio of on the one side, you cheating death to have a good time in the ocean, and on the other side being hauled out of this place lifeless by paramedics, is not a worthwhile gamble.

Is It Really Worth the Risk?

Is It Really Worth the Risk?

Queen's Bath can be dangerous at any time of year. It does not have to be winter time to create a problem. The actual natural bath they talk about can be quite deceptive on extremely calm days. When it is calm you can jump into a clear water pond which is separated from the ocean by a rock shelf. When the ocean is rough you cannot even make out that the bath is even there. If you think that making your way down there to see that the bath is covered over is all the caution you need to take to protect yourself from the dangers here you are mistaken. The majority of deaths occur when people are simply swept from any one of the numerous ledges found in this area by large waves only to be dropped into the ocean and hammered against the rocks by pounding surf.

The waves found off the coast of Kauai are numerous and endless. The currents found off the shores of Kauai are powerful and continuous as well. On calm days, as any patient surfer will attest, you could be waiting for hours to be able to surf a ride-able wave only to have the largest wave of the day appear out of nowhere which leads to the all too common surfers gloat that "you should have been here man!". On the calmer summer days that same wave will show up at Queen's Bath as well. The physics of the occasional large wave are not totally understood by science but it is pretty clear that it has to do with two or more random waves aligning themselves with regard to wave height, wave length, wave periods and wave speeds in addition to the effect of current and wave "fetch" which is determined by surface wind. The lining up of these factors by any number of random waves of which they are found by the hundreds off the coast of Kauai will create the one wave that is capable of tearing you from the rock promontories found at Queen's Bath even at the times of low wave activity. You only need to go as far as to ask the local Hawaiian Opihi picker about this phenomenon to understand that these waves happen many times a day regardless of the season.

There are plenty of great spots on Kauai for you to go to and enjoy the ocean. Queen's Bath isn't even a beach, it is a rock promontory. You could do better, don't even go down there. In our opinion it's too dangerous and not worth the risk.




Kauai Beaches

Anahola Beach is a great choice for a beach on Kauai. Not only is Anahola picturesque with scenic vistas and a great expanse of beautiful white sand but its protective outer reef of Anahola Bay makes it a less dangerous area in which to enjoy the water than many other beach locations.

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Anini Beach is a narrow sliver of a beach that extends along Kauai's North Shore for somewhat over two miles. Anini Beach is an oddity on the North Shore because it is largely protected by a huge fringe reef that is one of the largest in the state.

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The Kauai beach with the unusual name, Donkey Beach, is a beach that comes with a lot of pluses and minuses. On the plus side, it is gorgeous in all its rugged beauty.

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Glass Beach near Port Allen is truly one of the oddest beaches you will find on Kauai, or anyplace else for that matter. Glass Beach is not a beach for swimming, or even getting into the water, but it is a beach to explore.

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Hanalei Bay is by far the largest bay on Kauai and is the heart and soul of all the beaches on the North Shore. The area upon which the ocean touches the shores of the bay is what is known as Hanalei Beach the this colossal spectacle of a beach is perhaps two-miles long and in most places over 100' wide.

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Hanamaulu Beach is located a short 3 miles north of Lihue and is protected from the ocean by the large Hanamaulu Bay. This bay is very picturesque and in the day served as the backdrop for the film "Donavan's Reef" starring John Wayne.

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Hideaways beach is a small sliver of a beach perhaps only one-hundred yards long which is located down the side of an extremely steep cliff at Princeville.

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Kalihiwai Beach is one of the truly beautiful North Shore Beaches. It is scenically positioned between two prominent points of land and its perfect crescent shape is first noticeable as you get a glimpse of the bay when driving down the roadway which dead-ends at the beach itself.

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Like so many beaches on the North Shore of Kauai safety is a big issue for Ke'e Beach. This remarkably beautiful beach has been the scene of many drownings over the years and everyone entering the water here needs to be able to access the dangers clearly.

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The wide expanse of Kealia Beach can readily be seen when driving up the Kuhio Highway just north of the town of Kapaa. The beach is perhaps a half of a mile in length and 150 feet wide in most places.

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Kekaha Beach is essentially the last portion of the beautiful 12-mile white sand beach that begins at the southern end of the NaPali Cliffs at Polihale and works its way down the coast.

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Lawai Beach is a small but beautiful sliver of a white sand beach that is located just off the coastal road in the Poipu Resort area. Though it does not have a lifeguard tower it often has suitable conditions for snorkeling and there is plenty to see under the surface.

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Lumahai Beach is Kauai's equivalent of the Venus Fly Trap. A case could be made that this may perhaps be the most beautiful beach on the island. Because of its beauty Lumahai Beach was the spot that was chosen to film South Pacific and it is hard to take a photo of this beach that does not come out picture postcard perfect.

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If you are looking for what is probably the most "family friendly" beach and beach park on Kauai you will find it at Lydgate Beach Park. You can tell that a lot of thought and caring came together at the same time in the construction of this beach area.

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In many ways the Mahaulepu Beach experience is more of a hiking adventure than a traditional beach outing. The beautiful sands of Mahaulepu Beach are essentially the hiking path that will take you on a two mile journey starting from Shipwreck Beach in Poipu all the way to the cliffs on the eastern side.

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Picturesque is a word that could easily be used to describe Moloa'a Bay. The few vacation rentals that dot this east side bay obviously have the same point of view, as their beachfront locations make a memorable impression in any photograph and aid in luring potential clients to their scenic ocean retreats.

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Any list of comparable items will consist of more favorable and less favorable choices whether it be a list of vacation rentals to stay at or a choice of cheeses to bring to a picnic.

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One of the most popular beaches on Kauai, and one of the most "people friendly" is Poipu Beach in the midst of the Poipu Resort. It would be a safe guess that the reason the resort is even here at all is because of beautiful Poipu Beach.

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Polihale Beach is spectacular by all measures of comparison and almost every description of this beach requires the use of a superlative. This is the longest beach in all of Hawaii stretching a full 12 miles in length.

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Rock Quarry Beach provides the visitor with a "mixed bag". The beach, which is also known as Kahili Beach, is rustic in its own way and has a certain charm as it provides a beautiful white sand beach that is rimmed with Ironwood Trees.

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As far as beaches go on Kauai, Salt Pond is one of the most people friendly. Foremost in importance is that it has a lifeguard on duty. Secondly, it has all the amenities you would need at the beach.

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Another one of Kauai's spectacularly beautiful beaches is Secret Beach. This long series of gorgeous white sand beaches can be readily seen from the Kilauea Lighthouse as you look toward the Na Pali Coastline.

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An incredibly beautiful white sand beach can be found at the eastern end of the Poipu Resort called "Shipwreck Beach". The beach takes its name from the ruins of an ill-fated vessel that crashed upon its shores years ago but has since been completely consumed by the sea.

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If you've ever had an opportunity to see the North Shore of Kauai from the air on a helicopter or a fixed-wing aircraft you will have had little trouble recognizing a huge reef that protrudes outward from the coastline on the eastern side of the NaPali Coast.

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Related Information

A listing of all Kauai Beaches can be found on these pages. Check for the beach that will be perfect for you!

First things first. Kauai beaches are dangerous! Yes, of course beaches in Kauai are among the very most beautiful beaches on the planet, but they are dangerous.

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