Top 10 Tallest Waterfalls in the World

10. Browne Falls Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Browne Falls is the tenth tallest waterfall in the world and the first to be shown on the list of tallest waterfalls in the world. With a total height of 836 meters or 2,743 feet Browne Falls is certainly deserving of more than a last place position on any list. The source of Browne Falls is Lake Browne which spills over a large cliff face when full giving life again to the Browne Falls. The falls are not the most accessible falls on this list by any means and are most easily visible by way of helicopter or boat. This waterfall may be best viewed online or through an official travel agency.

Browne Falls South Island, New Zealand

Browne Falls is located on a high mountain top in New Zealand. Because of its remoteness, Browne Falls is best viewed through a helicopter tour or boat tour or online.
Browne Falls is located on a high mountain top in New Zealand. Because of its remoteness, Browne Falls is best viewed through a helicopter tour or boat tour or online. | Source

Browne Falls Satellite Image

Browne Falls is located on a steep cliff coming down from a lake above. The falls can be seen in the picture as the white streak coming down from Browne Lake at the top of the picture.
Browne Falls is located on a steep cliff coming down from a lake above. The falls can be seen in the picture as the white streak coming down from Browne Lake at the top of the picture. | Source

9. James Bruce Falls British Columbia, Canada

James Bruce Falls is ninth on the list of tallest waterfalls in the world. With a total height of 840 meters or 2,756 feet, James Bruce Falls is the tallest waterfall in Canada, and also North America. The waterfall is seasonal and is usually dry by July. Split into two parallel streams James Bruce Falls is certainly a site to behold and should be seen if you are in the area on travel or vacationing for an extended period of time. Accessibility is great compared to the other waterfalls on this list and should be possible for most of those wanting to visit this waterfall while in British Columbia.

James Bruce Falls

James Bruce Falls is a seasonal waterfall formed from snow melt in part of British Columbia, Canada. The falls are easily accessible when in season to those wanting to visit it.
James Bruce Falls is a seasonal waterfall formed from snow melt in part of British Columbia, Canada. The falls are easily accessible when in season to those wanting to visit it. | Source

James Bruce Falls Satellite Image

James Bruce Falls is located in British Columbia, Canada and is a seasonal waterfall visible by anyone who wants to visit. Go before July if you don't want to miss this water fall this year!
James Bruce Falls is located in British Columbia, Canada and is a seasonal waterfall visible by anyone who wants to visit. Go before July if you don't want to miss this water fall this year! | Source

8. Pu'uka'oku Falls Hawaii, United States

The eighth tallest waterfall in the world is Pu'uka'oku Falls in Molokai, Hawaii. Pu'uka'oku Falls is listed at 840 meters or 2,756 feet. Because the waterfall is so remote and located on a steep seaside cliff little is known about the falls other than its existence. Traveling to this waterfall is possible by way of sea or air. It is too dangerous to attempt to travel here on foot. Pu'uka'oku Falls is one of many small, tall waterfalls on Molokai. Most likely this waterfall will be viewed if you decide to take a site seeing tour of the perimeter of the island.

Pu'uka'oku Falls Molokai, Hawaii

Pu'uka'oku Falls is seen here pointed out by the large red arrow marker. The falls are very narrow and are hidden nearly completely by the brush on the side of the seaside cliff.
Pu'uka'oku Falls is seen here pointed out by the large red arrow marker. The falls are very narrow and are hidden nearly completely by the brush on the side of the seaside cliff. | Source

Pu'uka'oku Falls Satellite Image

Pu'uka'oku Falls is located on the steep side of a sea cliff and is only accessible by way of sea or air. Helicopter and sea tours will undoubtedly travel past this waterfall if you book a waterfall site seeing tour.
Pu'uka'oku Falls is located on the steep side of a sea cliff and is only accessible by way of sea or air. Helicopter and sea tours will undoubtedly travel past this waterfall if you book a waterfall site seeing tour. | Source

7. Balåifossen Falls Hordaland, Norway

Comprised of three falls Balåifossen seventh on the list of world's tallest waterfalls with a height of 850 Meters or 2,789 feet. The falls are located in the river Balai in Hordalans in southeast Osafjorden, Norway. Viewed best from the road on the opposite side of the fjord, the falls are seasonal and run only after snow above has begun to melt, and are dry in summer and autumn. Balåifossen is the second highest waterfall in Norway (and also Europe). Travel to Norway to see Balåifossen is relatively easy compared to other waterfalls in this list.

Balåifossen

Balåifossen is seasonal and can be seen from the roadside when the snow above begins to melt.
Balåifossen is seasonal and can be seen from the roadside when the snow above begins to melt. | Source

Balåifossen Satellite Image

Balåifossen starts near the marker in the picture from the snow melt above and flows in the fjord below. The road to view the falls is in the lower part out of the picture.
Balåifossen starts near the marker in the picture from the snow melt above and flows in the fjord below. The road to view the falls is in the lower part out of the picture. | Source

6. Vinnufossen Falls Sunndal, More og Romsdal, Norway

The sixth tallest waterfall and the tallest waterfall in Europe at 860 meters or 2,820 feet is Vinnufossen. Near the village of Sunndalsora in Norway the falls are part of the river Vinnu which start from a glacier high in the Vinnufjellet mountain. Vinnufossen is easily accessible to those wanting to take a trip to visit the beautiful waterfall. The falls flow to the Driva River close to the small town of Hoelsand.

Vinnufossen Falls , Norway

Vinnufossen Falls is located in Sunndal, Norway and cascades down a steep mountain side cliff face. Easily viewed in season from the roadside or up close Vinnufossen is a waterfall which can be visited by those wanting to see it.
Vinnufossen Falls is located in Sunndal, Norway and cascades down a steep mountain side cliff face. Easily viewed in season from the roadside or up close Vinnufossen is a waterfall which can be visited by those wanting to see it. | Source

Vinnufossen Waterfall Satellite Image

Vinnufossen Falls are located in Norway starting at the top of a very steep cliff side of a large mountain ending in a valley below. This waterfall is located just above the marker in the picture where the snow starts on the mountain top.
Vinnufossen Falls are located in Norway starting at the top of a very steep cliff side of a large mountain ending in a valley below. This waterfall is located just above the marker in the picture where the snow starts on the mountain top. | Source

5. Yumbilla Falls Amazonas Region, Peru

The Yumbilla Falls are 896 meters or 2,938 feet tall and are the fifth tallest waterfall in the world. In the direct area of the Yumbilla Falls are 22 similar waterfalls. The Yumbilla Falls are comprised of an upper falls and a lower falls. The area where the falls are located is dense jungle with large rock formations and cavernous pits formed from sinkholes. The Yumbilla Falls may be accessed by taking a 1 hour 15 minute drive by vehicle to the village of Cuispes. You do not need to pay anyone from a travel agency to visit the falls, but may always use your choice of travel assistance. Once at the falls a small price of 5 soles will buy you a ticket to visit the waterfall. Once on your way to the falls the trip will take you about 2-2.5 hours by foot each way to the base of the taller fall.

Yumbilla Falls Amazonas, Peru

The Yumbilla Falls are made of an upper and lower falls which are both accessible by way of hiking in and out of the jungle. The falls are one of the few on the list which are accessible to most people and therefore should be visited if possible.
The Yumbilla Falls are made of an upper and lower falls which are both accessible by way of hiking in and out of the jungle. The falls are one of the few on the list which are accessible to most people and therefore should be visited if possible. | Source

Yumbilla Falls Satellite Image

Yumbilla Falls are located in the jungle of Peru. These falls are more accessible than others on the list, but still require a drive and medium length hike on foot to visit them. The falls travel from right to the left of the picture.
Yumbilla Falls are located in the jungle of Peru. These falls are more accessible than others on the list, but still require a drive and medium length hike on foot to visit them. The falls travel from right to the left of the picture. | Source

Oloʻupena Falls Hawaii, United States

Olo'upena Falls is located in the north east part of Molokai. Molokai is part of the Hawaiian Islands of Hawaii in the United States and host Olo'upena Falls which are the unofficial foruth tallest falls in the world. At a height of 900 meters or 2,953 feet there is no need for official rulings, this fall is TALL! Observable only by ocean or air Olo'upena Falls must be seen through travel arrangements or travel fixers or guides. But let's face it, if you are already in Hawaii or will be traveling there soon, then you have no excuse not to book a tour of these amazing falls.

Olo'upena Falls, Molokai, Hawaii

Oloʻupena Falls resides on steep volcanic coastal cliffs. Accessibility is limited to air or sea viewing. The falls start in inaccessible dense growth.
Oloʻupena Falls resides on steep volcanic coastal cliffs. Accessibility is limited to air or sea viewing. The falls start in inaccessible dense growth. | Source

Oloʻupena Falls Satellite Image

Oloʻupena Falls are located on a steep seaside cliff and are only accessible by helicopter or boat tour. You cannot walk to the falls.
Oloʻupena Falls are located on a steep seaside cliff and are only accessible by helicopter or boat tour. You cannot walk to the falls. | Source

3. Three Sisters Falls, Peru

The third tallest waterfall in the world is actually three waterfalls in one. The Three Sisters Waterfalls in Peru fall a total of 914 meters or 2,953 feet. The falls are in Junin, Peru and are very remote in even Peru's standards. The Three Sisters falls are located deep in the high mountain jungles of Peru, and are formed by the water from an unnamed stream flowing over the edge of an Andean plateau to the Cutevirini River below. Those interested in traveling to these falls for some up close adventures may have a tough time arranging this because of the waterfall's remote location. But do not let that deter you, and if you are traveling in the area already you might want to add this on your list of things to do!

Three Sisters Falls

Three Sisters Falls Located in the dense jungle of Peru starts from an unnamed jungle stream and carries into the Cutevireni River below.
Three Sisters Falls Located in the dense jungle of Peru starts from an unnamed jungle stream and carries into the Cutevireni River below. | Source

Three Sisters Falls Satellite Image

The Three Sisters Falls are located so deep in the jungle of Peru that even the Google satellite has not captured a clear enough image to show us yet. The falls are located very close to the marker in the picture and are flowing from right to left.
The Three Sisters Falls are located so deep in the jungle of Peru that even the Google satellite has not captured a clear enough image to show us yet. The falls are located very close to the marker in the picture and are flowing from right to left. | Source

2. Tugela Falls

Located in South Africa, Tugela Falls is the second tallest waterfall in the world. With a total height of 948 meters or 3,110 feet this South African waterfall is certainly something to behold. Many people believe that Tugela Falls is indeed the tallest waterfall in the world, but this is still up for debate and until then the most popular chosen answer for the tallest waterfall will stand.

Tugela Falls is along the Tugela River in Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province, Republic of South Africa.


Tegula Falls KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tugela Falls KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Tugela Falls KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa | Source

Tugela Falls Satellite Image

Tugela Falls on the Tugela River in South Africa. The upper part of the river is in the left of the picture, the falls are in the middle, and the lower falls continue off screen to the right.
Tugela Falls on the Tugela River in South Africa. The upper part of the river is in the left of the picture, the falls are in the middle, and the lower falls continue off screen to the right. | Source

1. Angel Falls

Angel Falls is located in Venezuela and is the tallest waterfall in the entire world. With a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) Angel Falls is the tallest by well over 100 feet from the number two waterfall. Canaima National Park is the home of Angel Falls for those wanting to visit this beautiful waterfall. Be forewarned that Angel Falls is located inside a dense jungle and is only accessible to those adventurers with the finances and will power to go on a real adventure.

Angel Falls

Salto Angel, Canaima, Venezuela
Salto Angel, Canaima, Venezuela | Source

Angel Falls Satellite Image

Angel Falls is on the Gauja River in Bolivar state, Venezuela. The Gauja River is seen in this photo on the left flowing to the falls near the upper right corner of the picture.
Angel Falls is on the Gauja River in Bolivar state, Venezuela. The Gauja River is seen in this photo on the left flowing to the falls near the upper right corner of the picture. | Source

Top 10 Tallest Waterfalls Chart

Waterfall Name
Height
Location
Country
Accessibility
1. Angle Falls
979 Meters (3,212 ft)
Camaima National Park, Bolivar
Venezuela
Dense Jungle - Advanced
2. Tugela Falls
948 Meters (3,110 ft)
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Seasonal - Intermediate Hike
3. Three Sisters Falls
914 Meters (2,999 ft)
Junin
Peru
Dense Jungle - No Access
4. Olo'upena Falls
900 Meters (2,953ft)
Molokai, Hawaii
United States
Air or Sea Access Only
5. Yumbilla Falls
896 Meters (2,940ft)
Amazonas
Peru
Jungle - Medium Hike
6. Vinnufossen
860 Meters (2,822ft)
More og Romsdal
Norway
Mountain/Valley - Roadside Viewing
7. Balaifossen
850 Meters (2,789ft)
Hordaland
Norway
Seasonal - Roadside Viewing
8. Pu'uka'oku Falls
840 Meters (2,756ft)
Hawaii
United States
Air or Sea Access Only
9. James Bruce Falls
840 Meters (2,756ft)
British Columbia
Canada
Coastal/Hiking Access Medium
10. Browne Falls
836 Meters (2,743ft)
South Island
New Zealand
Rain Forest - Medium Hike

Surprisingly the top ten waterfalls are are more of a debated issue than I ever thought they would be. I guess having the tallest waterfall in your area is something to be very proud of. After taking a look at the current top 10 tallest waterfalls in the world you too will see why maybe there is some room for discussion. Each waterfall is listed in order from shortest on the list to tallest on the list, but don't let that fool you. The waterfalls on this list are all heavy hitters and stand tall and proud on their own with many of them only mere feet apart by way of total height. Some water falls are seasonal and run only when the water sources above dictate so. You may have heard of some of these falls on the list, but there is also a great chance that some of the waterfalls on the top 10 tallest waterfalls in the world will be new to you. While most waterfalls on the list are in dense jungles or on steep cliff sides, some are accessible by foot. Those that can't be seen on foot are all accessible by way of boat or air travel. It all depends on your thirst for adventure, and your budget!

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bdegiulio 20 months ago from Massachusetts

Great list. Very interesting to see where they are located, some are in very remote areas. Thanks for the info.


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srsddn 20 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

Well researched and nicely described. The world is full of wonders. Thanks for sharing these beautiful falls, Randerson.

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