The Big Island of Hawaii is not a destination for one to stay out late and party all night, but rather an oasis of endless exploration possibilities.  Although five or six hours of sleep a night is common to get, it is not because of staying up all night, but rather because of getting up early to see and experience something new.

Queen's Bath -  En route to a popular snorkeling destination of Kiholo Bay, one will encounter Queen's Bath, an open-air lava tube that is filled with cold freshwater.  It is easy to miss it as you hike along the shoreline, so I would suggest remembering what it looks like in the photo below so you know what to look for. 

This tube is open to the air in two locations, but to get to the other "open" place in the tube that is away from the ladder, you have to walk under an arch, which is about 7-feet long.  Definitely bring a waterproof flashlight because it is easy to get spooked.  If you have the courage, the tube cave continues very far into the dark after this, and supposedly there are petroglyphs etched into the side of the wall.  Also, if you have any bee allergies, be mindful of the ladder entrance area, as it was swarming with yellow jackets.

The ladder entrance to Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath is very remote, but when we left our refreshing dip into 70-or-so degree water, a Jeep full of locals showed up.  Be respectful of their gem by not wearing oil-based sunscreen in the water.  An "aloha" to them is nice, too.

 We gained entrance to Queen's Bath from between the 83 and 82 mile marker off Hwy 19.  This public access road is deserted and there was one other car in the lot at the bottom; don't leave any valuables as you will be far from the car once you start the hike.  It took about 20 minutes of walking along the shoreline to reach Queen's Bath.


 View into the other side of Queen's Bath