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20 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

It’s hard not to be amazed by the power and the beauty of waterfalls around the world. Here are 20 of what I think are the world’s most beautiful waterfalls.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls is beautiful at any time but they are outstanding to see on a sunny winter morning shrouded with ice when there is not a soul around. There are two sets of falls – the other being in New York State. Both are easily accessible.

"Niagara Falls, Ontario"

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Hunlun Falls, British Columbia

Hunlun Falls are Canada’s third highest waterfall plunging 401 metres. Located in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, they are difficult to access unless you’re prepared to make an overnight hike or you cough up the cash for a ride on a floatplane.

Hunlun Falls starts in the right hand corner of this photo

Hunlun Falls starts in the right hand corner of this photo

Havasu Falls in Arizona

Havasu Falls aren’t that high – just about 33 metres, but the contrast of red rocks and blue green waters makes them an outstanding sight to see. They’re located near the Grand Canyon.

Read: Why You”ll Want to do the Hike to Havasu Falls

It's worth the effort to visit Havasu Falls

It’s worth the effort to visit Havasu Falls

Yosemite Falls, California

Yosemite Falls, one of the main attractions in Yosemite National Park, plunges 739 metres from the top of the upper waterfall to the bottom of the lower falls. They are the sixth highest waterfalls in the world. They are best viewed in late spring when their flow is at its’ peak.

Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls in winter

Detian Falls or Ban Gioc, China

These falls straddle the Vietnamese China border, 270 kilometres north of Hanoi.

"Detian Falls in China"

Detian Falls – Photo credit: jankgo on Flickr

Thi Lo Su Waterfall in Thailand

Thi So Lu is one of Thailand’s biggest waterfalls consisting of three waterfalls in total. It’s located on the Mae Klong River in northwest Thailand, down from the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary.   

"Thi Lo Su Waterfall in Thailand"

Thi Lo Su Waterfall in Thailand – Photo credit: Dan Weber on Flickr

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

I first heard about these falls last year when I saw photos on the blog of my friend Traveling Ted. These falls are on the Potaro River in Kaieteur National Park. They plunge 226 metres and are considered to be some of the most powerful waterfalls in the world. For comparison’s sake, they are four times higher than Niagara Falls.

"Kaieteur Falls in Guyana"

Kaieteur Falls in Guyana – Photo credit: Allan Hopkins on Flickr

Murchison Falls, Uganda

Murchison Falls (sometimes called Kabarega Falls) is located on the Nile River. At the top of the falls the Nile is forced between a gap only seven meters wide and falls 43 metres into Lake Albert.

"Murchison Falls in Uganda"

Murchison Falls in Uganda – Photo Credit

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe are the only falls in the world over a kilometer wide. The mist from the waterfall can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometres. During the dry season one can walk through part of the waterfall.

"Victoria Falls from the Zambia side"

Victoria Falls from the Zambia side

Hogenakkal Falls in India

These falls are located in southern India on the River Kavari. The falls aren’t large – only about 20 metres – but they are extensive.

"Hogenakkal Falls in India"

Hogenakkal Falls in India – Photo credit: Sanjay P.K. on Flickr

The Baatara Gorge Waterfall in Lebanon

The Baatara Gorge Waterfall is located in Tannourine, Lebanon on the Lebanon Mountain Trail. These falls have a drop of 255 metres.

"The Baatara Gorge Waterfall in Lebanon"

The Baatara Gorge Waterfall in Lebanon – Photo credit

Ouzoud Falls in Morocco

The Ouzoud Falls are located 150 kilometres northeast of Marrakech in the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt. The falls are 100 metres high over three drops.

"Ouzoud Falls in Morocco"

Ouzoud Falls in Morocco

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls are the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall boasting a height of 979 metres. The waterfall is located in Canaima National Park.

Angel Falls in Venezuela

Angel Falls in Venezuela – Photo credit: hhesterr on Flickr

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Probably one of the most photographed falls in the world, Iguazu Falls lies on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Most of the falls are on the Argentine side. The longest drop is 82 metres.

"Iguazu Falls"

Iguazu Falls – Photo credit: Rodrigo Soldon on Flickr

Fitzroy Falls, Australia

Fitzroy Falls is an 81 metre waterfall located in New South Wales.

Fitzroy Falls, Australia

Fitzroy Falls, Australia – Photo credit: Andrew Harvery on Flickr

Jim Jim Falls, Australia

Jim Jim Falls is a 200 metre waterfall in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

"Jim Jim Falls in Australia"

Jim Jim Falls in Australia – Photo credit

Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland

Located in north central Iceland, Godafoss Waterfall is one of the most spectacular in the country. The water falls 12 metres over a width of 30 metres.

"Godafoss Waterfalls, Iceland"

Godafoss Waterfalls, Iceland – Photo credit

Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall is one of the biggest in Iceland with a drop of 60 metres. It sits in the south of Iceland on the Skoga River.

"Skogafoss Waterfall from below"

Skogafoss Waterfall from below – Photo credit

Plitvice Waterfalls in Croatia

The Plitvice Waterfalls are really a network of 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. They are considered by some to be the most beautiful in the world.

"Plitvice Waterfalls in Croatia"

Plitvice Waterfalls in Croatia – Photo credit: mpancha on Flickr

Latefossen, Norway

Latefossen, a well known tourist attraction, is a set of waterfalls in western Norway with a height of 165 metres.

"Latefossen Waterfalls in Norway"

Latefossen Waterfalls in Norway – Photo credit: image_less_ordinary on Flickr

Which one of these waterfalls do you think is the most beautiful?

Leigh McAdam

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This Post Has 33 Comments
  1. From the ones on your list, I have only seen Niagara Falls and Iguazú. The latter gave me goosebumps and I almost cried – it was just so incredibly beautiful!

  2. I would have to say Yosemite Falls is my favorite, Leigh! But, that is in the perspective that I’ve only seen a few of the popular falls here in the U.S. I’ve always wanted to see Angel Falls! My favorite of these was the Plitvice Waterfalls in Croatia and the Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil. I can stare at waterfall for hours…they can be absolutely mesmerizing! What a fun post! 🙂

    1. @Mike I’m hoping to go to Iguazu Falls in the next few years and I agree that Yosemite looks amazing. I hadn’t appreciated just how big it was. Waterfalls are very absorbing and a good place to contemplate the meaning of life.

  3. Wow wow wow…Lebanon, Croatia, Venezuela…they are all so beautiful and many of them I’d never heard of before! Now I have more places to add to my bucket list 🙂

  4. I can testify to the fact that Victoria Falls doesn’t have a lot of water in the dry season! It was cool to be able to really see the geography of the falls, but some day I want to see it when it is filled with water.

  5. I have only seen 10% of the waterfalls on this list with Kaieteur and Angel. I have some work to do. Too bad I was too hungover to see Niagara in Toronto. I am going to have to ease up on the boozers and see more waterfalls. Thanks for the link and the inspiration.

    1. @Ted I expect you’ll find an excuse to go to Toronto or even Buffalo and then you can see Niagara Falls. Kaieteur Falls really looked like an impressive set of falls but I’m not likely to be going to Guyana any time soon.

  6. When you’ve been to Iguazu, it’s impossible to like another one better. It’s simply the most stunning one! Other than that I’ve seen Niagara and several in Iceland. Oh and Jim Jim too, although if I remember right it had dried while I was there. One I’m missing here is Krimml in Austria!

  7. What a great selection you have here, Leigh. I’ve only been to Niagara and Yosemite but have been dreaming of going to Iguazu and Victoria Falls. One of our favorite waterfalls is Gulfoss in Iceland and I think having a rainbow across it and being to sit on top of its base made it unforgettable for us. From these pictures, I really want to go Plitvice Waterfalls in Croatia now.

  8. Glad that Victoria Falls made your list! But guess that’s hard not to miss, considering it’s one of the “seven natural wonders of the world.” We visited these falls recently just after the rainy season. You had to rent rain jackets because the spray was so thick, and even then we were drenched and our feet sopping wet from sploshing through ankle-high puddles. The crashing water was pretty awesome though. Great post…

    1. @Janice You’re lucky to have seen Victoria Falls when it was monster big. When I was there – one April – it was misty but we certainly didn’t get drenched the way you would have without rain jackets.

  9. I was about to write and say that I can’t believe I haven’t seen any of these…..then I saw the Skogafoss waterfalls in Iceland so at least I’ve made it to one of them!! I love the rainbows that often appear in waterfalls, so magical!

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