10 Tallest Waterfalls in the World

10 Tallest Waterfalls in the World

Here is a list of the 10 tallest waterfalls in the world.

1/10 Angel Falls

Angel Falls

Angel Falls is the world's tallest waterfall and is located in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. It is located on the Auyantepui mountain in the Guayana region of the country. It has an uninterrupted drop of 979 meters (3,212 feet). It is also known as Kerepakupai Vena, which means “waterfall of the deepest place” in the local indigenous language. It is located on the edge of the Amazon rainforest and is surrounded by dense jungle and steep cliffs. Angel Falls was first discovered by American aviator, James Angel, in 1937. He was flying over the region in search of gold when he spotted the falls from the air. The falls were named after him and the local indigenous people had known about the falls for centuries but had never revealed its location. The falls are fed by the Churun River, which is a tributary of the Carrao River. The Churun River originates from a flat-topped mountain called Auyantepui, which is a tepui, or flat-topped mountain. The falls travel down the side of Auyantepui before cascading over the edge. The Angel Falls are one of the most impressive sights in the world and have become a popular tourist destination. 

2/10 Tugela Falls

Tugela Falls

Tugela Falls is the second-tallest waterfall in the world and is located in Royal Natal National Park in South Africa. This majestic waterfall is a spectacular sight and is composed of five separate cascades. The total height of the falls is 948 meters (3,108 feet), making it the second-tallest in the world. The topmost fall, called the Rainbow Falls, is the tallest single drop at a height of 525 meters (1,722 feet). The second fall, called the Thread of Life, is the second-tallest single drop at a height of 411 meters (1,350 feet). The third fall, called the Horseshoe Falls, is the third-tallest single drop at a height of 330 meters (1,083 feet). The fourth fall, called the Forest Falls, is the fourth-tallest single drop at a height of 251 meters (825 feet). The fifth fall, called the Cascade Falls, is the fifth-tallest single drop at a height of 212 meters (696 feet). The five separate cascades of Tugela Falls combine to form a single column of water that is visible from miles away. It is an awe-inspiring sight and is considered a natural wonder of the world. The waterfalls are fed by the Tugela River.

3/10 Tres Hermanas Falls

Tres Hermanas Falls

Tres Hermanas Falls , also known as Three Sisters Fall, is the third largest waterfall in the world, with a height of 914 metres (2999 ft). The park is located in Otishi National Park in the Junin region of Peru. The waterfall is so remote that it has only been photographed by air. Tres Hermanas Falls are situated at the northern fork of the Cutivireni River, close to Satipo. The fall is divided into three distinct sections and hence the name 'The Three Sisters'. Due to its inacessible location, only a handful of explorers have managed to reach it so far.

4/10 Oloʻupena Falls

Oloʻupena Falls

Olo'upena Falls is a breathtaking and remote waterfall located on the island of Molokai in the state of Hawaii. With a height of 900 metres (2953 feet), it is the fourth tallest waterfall in the world. The waterfall is famous for its sheer vertical drop, cascading down the cliffs into a lush, green valley below. Access to Olo'upena Falls is quite challenging. Visitors typically need to take a guided tour or hike through the dense and rugged terrain of Halawa Valley to reach the viewpoint overlooking the falls.

5/10 Yumbilla Falls

Yumbilla Falls

Yumbilla Falls is the fifth-tallest waterfall in the world, located in the Amazonas region of Peru. It has a drop of 895 meters (2,936 feet). The spectacular Yumbilla Falls is fed by two spring-fed creeks, tumbling over a series of giant steps and cascading into a large pool below. The journey starts with a single stream of water, which drops from a height of about 895 meters into a large catchment basin. From there, it continues to cascade down in a series of smaller steps, eventually reaching the bottom. The surrounding area is filled with lush vegetation and the sound of the rushing water can be heard from far away. The area around Yumbilla Falls is home to a variety of wildlife, such as llamas, tapirs, and spectacled bears. It is also a popular spot for adventure seekers looking to hike, camp, or take a dip in the natural pools. The waterfall is named after the Yumbilla family, who owned the land around the falls for many years. 

6/10 Vinnufossen


Vinnufossen is a remarkable and majestic waterfall located in the municipality of Sunndal in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway. Vinnufossen plunges from a staggering height of approximately 860 meters (2,822 feet), making it the sixth tallest waterfalls in the world. The water cascades down a near-vertical cliff, creating a mesmerizing display of natural beauty. Access to Vinnufossen is relatively accessible compared to some other remote waterfalls. A marked trail takes hikers from the valley floor to a viewpoint that offers breathtaking vistas of the falls. 

7/10 Balåifossen


Balåifossen, also known as Balåi Falls, is a striking waterfall located in the Husedalen Valley of Hordaland County, Norway. With a plunge of 850 metres (2,789 ft), it is the seventh tallest fall in the world. The water of the river Balåi drops down over 850 meters and ends in the Osafjorden. The river Balåi is fed by meltingwater of the Kyrelvfjellet with a small glacier called Onen (on an altitude of 1600 meters) and a large lake called Langvatnet.  

8/10 Pu'uka'oku Falls


Pu'uka'oku Falls is a stunning and relatively lesser-known waterfall located on the rugged and remote north shore of the Hawaiian island of Molokai. It is often cited as one of the tallest sea cliffs in the world, and the waterfall itself is a remarkable natural wonder. Pu'uka'oku Falls boasts an awe-inspiring drop of approximately 840 meters (2,756 feet), making it one of the highest waterfalls in the world. It cascades dramatically down the sheer, vertical sea cliffs of Molokai. The waterfall is situated on the northern coast of Molokai, facing the open Pacific Ocean. Access to Pu'uka'oku Falls can be quite challenging due to its remote location and the rugged terrain of the island.

9/10 James Bruce Falls

James Bruce Falls

James Bruce Falls is an awe-inspiring and remote waterfall located in British Columbia, Canada, within the Princess Louisa Inlet, a picturesque fjord in the Coast Mountains. James Bruce Falls is the ninth tallest waterfall in the world,  plunging from a height of approximately 840 meters (2,756 feet). The waterfall is nestled deep within the Princess Louisa Inlet, which is known for its pristine wilderness, towering cliffs, and serene waters. Access to James Bruce Falls is primarily by boat or seaplane, as it is not easily reachable by land.

10/10 Browne Falls

Browne Falls

Browne Falls is a stunning and relatively lesser-known waterfall located in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park on the South Island. Browne Falls plunges from an astounding height of approximately 836 meters (2,744 feet), making it the 10th tallest waterfall in the world. The waterfall is situated in a remote and rugged part of Fiordland National Park, which is known for its breathtaking fjords, dense rainforests, and rugged mountains. 

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