PRINCEVILLE — The access gate to Queen’s Bath has been shuttered through the 2023-24 winter season in the interest of public safety.
The Kaua‘i Fire Department (KFD) announced on Friday the closure of the popular summertime tourist attraction on the North Shore.
“Access to the gate is closed due to hazardous ocean conditions and anticipation of the winter season,” said KFD Chief Michael Gibson in a statement. “We urge the public that entry in these hazardous conditions can result in injuries or drownings, and neglecting these warnings places our first responders’ lives unnecessarily at risk.”
Queen’s Bath is known as much for its beauty and splendor as its treachery, having been the location of multiple drownings through the years. Those drownings include three visitors, two women and a man, who were knocked off a ledge and swept out to sea in October 2008. Their bodies were later recovered in Hanalei.
For up-to-date information about Kauai’s ocean condition and ocean safety, people are encouraged to speak to a County of Kauai lifeguard at any lifeguard station, visit www.safetybeachday.com/county/kauai or call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 808-241-4984.
Source: The Garden Island