Queen's Bath / Keanalele Waterhole

Phone (808) 323-4322
5 stars from 1 reviews
Address 71-1890 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Freshwater pool in an open air lava tube.

• Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Type: Shady
• Parking: Good / Plenty

Full Description
There are several places on the Hawaiian Islands that are referred to as "Queen's Bath" and this is one of them. If you're looking for the one on Kauai then click on this Queen's Bath instead.

Queen's Bath, or Keanalele Waterhole as it's also known, is located close to Kiholo Bay / Kiholo State Park Reserve. It is an open air lava tube with a fresh water pool and is a place the Queen would use to, you guessed it, take a bath. Please understand that this is a very sacred site so be sure to respect it. Some people frown upon swimming in these baths, others seem to think it's okay as long as you're clean and not wearing sunscreen (which can damage the delicate eco system inside).

The average temperature of the water is 70 degrees so it's going to be a little on the chilly side. Although it's not a heavily used area, some people like to take a dip in the chilly waters.

It's not for everyone and there are no lifeguards here so you're swimming at your own risk if you decide to get in. With that said, this also isn't a place you swim alone. Ever. That rule should apply everywhere you go, but it applies even more in a dark, water filled cave! If you do go in, we highly recommend you bring a waterproof flashlight as it's going to get very dark very fast in the tube.

Getting here isn't obvious but our map pinpoint marks the exact location. Once you turn off the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Hwy 19) and are heading towards the ocean, just follow the road until you can turn right. Follow this dirt road, staying right at the fork, until you reach the parking area for Kiholo Bay / Kiholo State Park Reserve. From there you'll park and walk down towards the ocean and follow the path that heads to your left.

Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
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One of the most fun things I did on a recent trip to the Big Island was exploring the freshwater lava tubes in the Kiholo State Park Reserve. Driving here feels like barren cowboy territory with the ironwood trees and dusty road.

To me, the real treat is when you head to the right along the beach, look toward ironwood trees and you'll find areas where there are pools of fresh water under the lava surface. Lava tubes. I met up with some other folks who were enjoying it. I climbed down the lava ledge into the pool. By the way, don't do this alone. Make sure you're with a buddy or someone who can help you get out.

The water was cool and refreshing. I swam with a headlight into the tube, which was kind of creepy but only for a second. Very cool to swim in a cave with a trickle of light from the opening. If you're claustrophobic, this may not before you. But it was definitely a highlight of my trip and will do this again in the future.

By the way, there were fish in the lava tube swimming with me. So much fun. I'd recommend bringing a waterproof flashlight, and perhaps something to float on. And make sure you have a companion who stays up top and can help you get out. The thought of being in lava tube with no one around is scary.
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