At some point in your life, you’ve probably gone on a hike to see some waterfalls. Usually these waterfalls are pretty neat and fun to look at, but there are some truly impressive and majestic waterfalls around the world that you probably haven’t seen or heard of. There is no standard procedure of how to measure waterfalls, so usually the listed height is an estimate or best guess, but that doesn’t make them any less daunting. This list will explore ten of the tallest waterfalls in the world. Maybe it will inspire you to plan your next trip, especially if you love hiking and super tall waterfalls.
10. Browne Falls, New Zealand
Browne Falls is located in Doubtful Sound, which is in Fiordland National Park, in the southwest of New Zealand. It is quite possibly the largest waterfall in New Zealand at 836 meters or around 2,743 feet tall. Browne Falls pours into Doubtful Sound, cascading down a tree covered mountainside that looks like something out of Jurassic Park.
9. James Bruce Falls, Canada
Located in British Columbia, James Bruce Falls stretches to 840 meters or 2,756 feet tall. This waterfall is fed by melting glaciers atop the mountain. Waterfall seekers can find this amazing wonder in Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park. James Bruce Falls is also the tallest measuring waterfall in North America.
8. Pu’uka’oku Falls, Hawaii
If you want to see this amazing waterfall, head to the 5th largest island of Hawaii, Molokai. Forget the hiking shoes for this one because this beautiful sight is best seen by helicopter. This waterfall is hard to spot as it has embedded itself deep in the side of the Halolku Cliffs. It is tied with James Bruce Falls in Canada at about 840 meters above sea level.
7. Balaifossen, Norway
Fossen in Norwegian means waterfall and this fossen is located in Hordaland, Norway which is the third largest county in Norway. This behemoth of a waterfall is 850 meters or 2,789 feet tall. It is fed by the Balai River and empties into a large fjord.
6. Vinnufossen, Norway
Ranking at number six, we find another Norwegian fossen, or waterfall. This waterfall cascades down a rocky cliff from 860 meters or 2,822 feet high. It is fed by the Vinnu River, which is fed by the Vinufonna Glacier near Sunndalsora, Norway.
5. Yumbilla Falls, Peru
This stunning collection of falls is found in the rain forests of Peru. This waterfall has garnered quite a bit of attention internationally following a National Geographic publication. It falls from about 896 meters high which is about 2,940 feet tall. Yumbilla Falls is located outside of a town called Cuispes and is fed by a stream in a cave, according to reports.
4. Olo’upena Falls, Hawaii
Just beating out Yumbilla Falls is Olo’upena Falls on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. It stretches to 900 meters above sea level which is 2,953 feet, just 13 feet taller than Yumbilla Falls. Unfortunately, there are almost no images of the falls as it is so remote and only accessible by air. But it is fed by a seasonal stream that is at the top of an incredible seaside cliff. So it seems you’ll just have to head to Hawaii and see it for yourself.
3. Three Sisters, Puru
The Tree Sisters waterfall is named for the three steps that the falls travel down to reach the bottom, being visibly split into three different sections. It is located in the Parque Nacional Otishi National Forest. The Three Sisters are just 1 foot short of 3,000 feet and reaches 914 meters.
2. Tugela Falls, South Africa
Tugela Falls is located in KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa in the Royal Natal National Park. It is a seasonal waterfall and is comprised of 5 tiers of falls and rises 948 meters or 3,225 feet tall.
1. Angel Falls, Venezuela
The tallest waterfall of all, Angel Falls, is located in the Canaima National Park in Bolivar State, Venezuela. It is a popular destination for waterfall chasers even though it is deep in the jungle. The flow streams down the Aluyantepui Mountain and is 979 meters tall or 3,212 feet. It is a stunning waterfall.
It is hard to believe that the world’s tallest waterfall is even taller than three Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other, but these are just 10 of the world’s waterfalls and while they are the tallest, there are so many amazing and beautiful waterfalls all around the world. If you like the biggest and the best, definitely add these to your bucket list. However, you can just check out waterfalls near you and you’ll surely still be impressed.