In this list of highest waterfalls in the world, be ready to see a lot of surprises. Some of the falls in this list are rarely visited and most untouched in the world and highest of all is beyond our imagination and ideas. In addition, there is no such consensus on how to measure a waterfall and there is no statement that can officially define a waterfall. So, there is enough of room to let you down.
Some of the waterfalls listed here have the succession of cataracts with gentler gradients which can arguably make them a range of small waterfalls instead of a larger one. The problem involved in surveying these unfamiliar terrains also cause troubles. We have also listed some of the remote waterfalls which are recent additions. There are, perhaps, more to be discovered. There is a controversy related to the height of Angel and Tugela Falls. There are chances that the height of Angel was overly calculated on the survey in 1949 and Tugela is higher to become the highest waterfall in the world. However, we have listed the top ten highest waterfalls.
10. James Bruce – 2755 ft. (840m)
Located in British Columbia, it is a narrow torrent which is definitely not only the most amazing waterfall in the Princess Louisa Inlet area, but also the whole world. It also consists of Chatterbox Falls. Despite being very high, James Bruce carries less water as compared to Chatterbox Falls and there is no closest point where the whole drop can be seen. It doesn’t fall vertically, but it cascades through the crevice on the rocks. The melting snow feeds it and it is emptied into Loquilts Creek.
9. Pu’uka’oku Falls – 2756 ft. (840m)
Located on the north-eastern stormy shore of Moloka’i Island, Hawaii, Pu’uka’oku Falls is the narrow stream which pours into the deep fissure and has been worn into the cliffs that are one of the highest cliffs in the world. Like with James Bruce, it doesn’t has convenient vantage point where you can explore the whole waterfall. Tourists can also take helicopter or boats to see other falls on one cliff. With strong winds, spray is blown from the fall high on the air, giving a great display.
8. Balåifossen – 2788 ft. (850m)
Located in Ulvik, Norway, Balåifossen is fed by melting snow and it can reduce to the trickle or disappear during the summer. It falls into the Osafijorde waters from the snowfield. Despite passing through the rock crevice, one can spot it in the entirety from the below valley and it is well known among the tourists.
7. Vinnufossen – 2822 ft. (860m)
Vinnufossen is located in Norway and is the highest waterfall in Europe. It is located near Sunndalsora village in Sunndal municipality. Vinnu River is fed by melting glacier of Vinnufossen which originates from the Vinnufjellet Mountain to the Driva River. It falls at the top vertically and it is spread over the cliff face in several veils, before it reunites into a single stream.
6. Yumbilla Falls – 2938 ft (896m)
This is an amazing waterfall became recognized across the world recently in 2007, when it was discovered by the researchers at National Geographic Institute of Peru. The waterfall is located in the dense Amazon forests in Peru, in a valley which has over 20 high waterfalls. It drops from the plateau in 4 to 5 tiers and it can be visited with the help of a guide. The precise height of this fall is still under dispute due to the difficulties to reach the terrain.
5. Olo’upena Falls – 2953 ft (900m)
Just like Pu’uka’oku fall discussed above, this waterfall carries the steam to the crack which has been carved into the wide volcanic rock sea cliffs on the northern shoreline of Moloka’I Island, Hawaii. The stream relies on rainfall. During dry season, the waterfall doesn’t present a lot to see. It is compounded with the fact that it cannot be seen fully except from the air or sea. With the recent high wind and heavy rain, tourists can get the sight of wide spray clouds in the air to behold.
4. Las Tres Hermanas Cataracts – 3000 ft. (914m)
Las Tres Hermanas refers to “The Three Sisters” in Spanish. This waterfall is located in Ayapichu, Peru. The waterfall is named after three different tiers through which the torrent is originated from a wild stream, and enters into the Rio Cutevirini. Las Tres Hermanas, like Yumbilla Falls, in Peru were known exclusively to the locals until recently due to the forested mountain country where the fall is started. Surveying the falls was also difficult due to the terrain. But the height and position is no longer disputed.
3. Tugela Falls – 3110 ft. (948 ft.)
Apparently the third highest waterfalls in the world and the highest in African continent, Tugela Falls can easily be spotted from the road to the park. The river falls in five different tiers from the Amphitheatre escarpment in the Dragon Mountains of the park. After summer rainfall at its best, the waterfall can easily be reached through hiking trails along the park. For an African waterfall, it is somehow unexpected that the upper reaches often freeze in the winter and create a great display of huge icicles hanging through the rock face.
2. Angel Falls – 3212 ft (979m)
The highest waterfall on earth, Angel Falls is located in Canaima National Park of Venezuela. Angel Falls are named neither from its height nor from its heavenly appearance. Instead, it is named after an American pilot who flew the first over it. This waterfall is locally named as Kerepakupai Vena, in recent moves in Venezuela in Pemon language. It means “waterfall in the deepest gorge”.
It falls almost vertically from the flat topped mountain in this area and it is locally called as tepuis. It is a continuous sheer drop of around 800m. It creates the dramatic scenery which has been the source of inspiration of many filmmakers and writers. It can be best seen from aerial view and visited by tourists, despite difficulty of terrains.
1. Denmark Strait Cataract – 11500 ft. (3505m)
Some people might confuse the right of Strait cataract to the title of highest waterfall in the world. It is completely located under the sea surface. It is clear that it is a giant downward flow of water which is caused due to the difference in temperature between two currents in the strait between Ireland and Greenland. It results in two colder currents falling and flowing under the warmer. It is around 3 times higher than Angel Falls.