It's fun to visit this site because it is so unique. The trail head is in Princeville along the north shore. The hike down can be a little tricky. I wouldn't try it after a heavy rain. Trail is heavily rutted from soil being washed out between tree roots.
Parking at the trail head is limited so we parked farther away and walked. But, we did see that cars that decided to wait for people to leave were seeing pretty good turnover for people who left.
The lava rock forms a unique oval pool which is filled by waves crashing over the sides of the formation, particularly in two areas. Do not stand in these areas. We saw people knocked down by the incoming waves. Though no one was injured that we noticed, we have heard that it happens. Just be careful.
In addition to the 'bath,' there a couple of small, put pretty waterfalls on the way down. If you go left at the bottom of the trail, you'll go to Queen's Bath. On the way there, you'll see King's Bath which is much more open to the ocean and can see a dramatic change in water level. We saw a lot of turtles feeding here, a highlight of this particular hike. However, we noticed people using this as a place to cliff jump. A couple of men even touched the turtles. While I get the adventure of it, we wondered if this could be a problem for the turtles (who knows how the oils on our skin, or sunscreen, will interact with their shells?). We found out later there is quite a large fine for doing this. We enjoyed seeing the turtles from the rocks and were able to get with six feet or so.
If you take a right at the bottom the trail, you can walk along the lava formations and see more turtles feeding along the rocks there as well. It was a very worthwhile hike and swim.
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