Baths are my favorite method of relaxation, sitting in warm water always soothes away stress and fatigue. Climbing through the craggy hills and coves to reach Eleuthera's Queen's Baths , I felt both of these sentiments without so much soothing.
The Queens Baths are small, natural, tidal pools surrounded by miles of uneven coral and oolitic limestone. Yes, I had an informal geology lesson while scaling the formations. Oolitic limestone is composed of calcium carbonate "oolites", which are small spheres formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate on sand grains or shell fragments. In other words, deep grooves covered the formations as you can see above. In order to make it to the Baths, you need steady feet, good balance and sturdy- soled shoes. Of course, I had none of these. Fortunately, I made it by walking slowly and carefully.
I wasn't about to climb down the curvy rocks that lead into the pools in my sandals but the water rippled enticingly. The pools are only about two feet deep and are replenished by water from the Atlantic which is warmed by the sun to about 85 degrees.
A large cavern cut by centuries of waves washing over it, sits behind the Baths. The Queens Baths deliver fantastic views and the surrounding limestone formations expand in a glorious stretch for hundreds of feet. Just don't expect the kind of relaxation you get from your usual bath.