The Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World

niagara falls one of the worlds most beautiful waterfalls

I love waterfalls there is nothing more special than coming across a waterfall on my travels.

World’s Highest WaterfallAngel Falls (Salto Ángel) in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world, this is on my bucket list along with Iguazu in South America and Victoria Falls in Africa as I think these are the most famous waterfalls to visit.

I would love to visit all the beautiful waterfalls but there are just so many, I tried to google how many waterfalls in the world but couldn’t find an answer as I think there are just too many to count and new ones are popping up all the time. I asked my fellow travellers to recommend the most beautiful waterfall they have visited and here is the list.

I have mobility limitations and a lot of these waterfalls you need to hike to so I wont be able to visit these waterfalls but hopefully I can still cross off visiting most of these.

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

For years Plitvice Lakes and their stunning waterfalls have been on my bucket list and I finally got to visit and I was not disappointed.

Plitvice National Park is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is becoming a more popular destination in Croatia to visit. It was my main reason for visiting Croatia for the second time as it just looked stunning.

There are over 90 waterfalls at Plitvice lakes so it is definitely a place to visit if you love waterfalls. It does require a bit of a walk but its mainly down hill apart from the last bit but I took it slowly and kept stopping to take in the view of the biggest waterfall at Plitvice and it was all so worth it.

waterfalls in plitvice national park
One of many waterfall at Plitvice Lakes

Kuang Si Falls, Laos

The multi-tiered turquoise waterfall of Kuang Si Falls is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Laos. Located just outside of the town of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, the cascading blue waters have got to be seen to be believed.

Set amidst the thick, green jungle, the water cascades down over three levels, forming many little pools and lagoons along the way that are ideal for swimming. Climb the steep stairs to the left of the main falls to access the “secret pool” of Kuang Si Falls where you can look down over the entire cascades from atop the small hill.

Aside from the falls themselves, Kuang Si is also home to a small Sun Bear sanctuary with information on the rescue and protection of these wonderful animals. Along with several snack and drink vendors, there is a small restaurant on site. With clean change room facilities, you could easily while away several hours at these stunning falls.

Kuang Si Falls can easily be accessed by motorcycle, tuk-tuk, taxi or as part of a guided tour from Luang Prabang.

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Kuang Si Falls | Photo Credit A Life Without Borders

This waterfall is recommended by another blogger as being the most beautiful waterfall in the world so I definitely need to include it in my trip to Laos.

The large waterfall at Kuang Si Falls in Laos is lovely, but does it belong among the world’s most beautiful waterfalls?

To answer that, a visit to the falls must begin about a mile below the main waterfall. Here water flows around and over limestone ledges to form turquoise pools surrounded by shimmering waterfalls of various sizes. It’s a landscape from the pages of a fairy tale. (The pools are a mysterious, unearthly blue, beautiful to behold and perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day.) Continue moving through this dream world until you reach the mountainside, where the main waterfall drops 200 feet into yet another pool.

All of this is Kuang Si Falls – one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls.

Kuang Si is located near Luang Prabang in northern Laos. It’s very popular and always busy on hot days. Arrive early in the morning to drift through this magical world in dreamy solitude or wait until midday and splash in the pools with local residents and tourists alike.

Cindy Carlsson | Exploration Vacation

Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls | Photo Credit Exploration Vacation

Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park, Australia

Australia’s Northern Territory, usually thought of as a dry, dusty destination, is actually home to some of the best waterfalls and wild swimming holes in the country.

The tropical, northern Top End is home to two beautiful national parks, Litchfield and Kakadu, and several powerful waterfalls that are ideal for a cooling swim, a perfect respite from the ever-present humidity. My favourites include the Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park.

These waterfalls, two falls to be precise, can be found near the western boundary to the park, with various walking tracks to appreciate the falls from. If you visit from April to September, the falls are accessible for wild swimming in the stunning, clear plunge pool. Whilst visiting Wangi Falls, don’t miss a stop at the equally beautiful Florence Falls.

The viewing platform over these falls is an easy 3-minute walk from the car park, or you swim in the plunge pool, year-round, after completing the gorge rim walk down to the valley floor.

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Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park
Wangi Falls | Photo Credit Jessica Pascoe

Russell Falls, Tasmania

Russell Falls is in Mount Field National Park in Tasmania. The park is 90 minutes from Tasmania’s capital Hobart.

Mount Field National Park is part of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness area. The forest is full of giant swamp gums and towering tree ferns. It is amongst this lush vegetation you find Russell Falls – a tiered, cascade waterfall.

It is only a ten minute walk to the falls from the carpark. The path is wide and even and quickly immerses you in the beauty of the forest. At night the path is lined with glow worms. Seeing the dots of white light as you walk along is quite magical.

At the falls, the sight of moss covered rocks and soft ferns and sound of the water spilling down rock face is instantly relaxing. When the flow down the falls is heavier a fine mist hangs in the air. Keep an eye on the pool at the bottom of the falls, you might spot a platypus.

The falls are great year-round but if you can get to Russell Falls from May to October there will be more water and fewer people around.

Curious Campers

Mt Field Russell Falls
Mt Field Russell Falls | Photo Credit Curious Campers

Aber Falls in North Wales UK

Not everyone realises there are some magnificent waterfalls right on our doorstep in Great Britain, but there really are. One of my favourites is Aber Falls in North Wales – I bet you’ve never heard of that one, have you? This place is only a 30-minute drive from Bangor and Conwy, and it really highlights the beauty of this region in Wales.

The walk to the waterfalls takes you through a little meadow with the green rolling hills all around. It is in such a stunning spot, and then you finally see the falls themselves. The waterfall here is 37 metres-high and there is a little bridge that takes you up to a lovely viewpoint overlooking the falls. There are even a few benches so it’s the perfect picnic spot too. For me, this is what waterfalls in Great Britain are all about! 

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Aber Falls
Aber Falls | Photo Credit Great British Bucket List

Camugao Falls, Bohol, Philippines

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to chasing waterfalls in the Philippines. The water is gloriously warm and clear, so it’s nice to linger a while and enjoy the natural beauty of the area once you find a good one.

There are a number of waterfalls on the island of Bohol (which is easily accessed from Cebu City), including Camugao falls.

You’ll either need your own transport, or to hire a driver to get there. It’s about an hour away from Tagbilaran city and you’ll get to enjoy some lovely little country lanes and maybe even some dirt paths to reach the falls.

In early 2020, entry was 125 pesos (just a few dollars) for three of us, and to park up the car. There’s a beautiful little walk from the car park along a path and down a bunch of steps to the swimming area and waterfall.

The water was clear and refreshing. It’s definitely cooler than the beach water, but probably still very warm by global waterfall standards! You can also hire tables and tubes next to the swimming area.

Elly McGuinness | Parenting, Passports, and Profits

Camugao Falls, Bohol, Philippines
Camugao Falls | Photo Credit Parenting, Passports, and Profits

Victoria Falls, South Africa

Victoria Falls, otherwise known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a spectacular waterfall that forms a natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. Named as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is an incredible sight to behold and is one of those bucket list destinations.

The sheer size of Victoria Falls is quite remarkable, and at 1.7km wide and 108m high, it’s considered to be the largest sheet of falling water in the world. It’s safe to say that after visiting Vic Falls, nothing will quite compare to the awe-inspiring views!

The falls are best seen from Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwe side. Here, you can walk along a path that hugs the cliff offering several viewpoints and incredible photo opportunities.

Visiting during the wet season, between March and June, will allow you to feel the force and power of Victoria Falls as they are at their fullest during this time. Come prepared to get soaking wet as the mist and spay fills the park, but it will be a once in a life time experience you won’t forget!”

Carryn Beard | Torn Tackies Travel Blog

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls | Photo Credit Torn Tackies Travel Blog

Kanching Falls, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Our favourite bit about visiting these falls was that, they are located about 25minutes away from the main city centre. It cost about $15 by taxi to get there and we spent many hours walking around the rainforest.

There is lots of wildlife on the walk to the falls and keep your items locked away in bags and the little monkeys will grab anything you leave as bait. They are not harmful though and there was no fear of being attacked. 

The water is crystal clear and once you have followed the clear path to the falls, you will see that the base of the falls is rather shallow and many people go swimming in the pool.

The walkway will take you the level 3 of the falls and then hiking from there will get you to the highest point where the falls begin. 

Manpreet | Hello Manpreet

Kanching Falls
Kanching Falls | Photo Credit Hello Manpreet

Juan Diego Falls, Puerto Rico

Visiting El Yunque is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico. And while people visit to see some of the amazing falls like La Mina or La Coca falls there is a hidden gem that people are just now learning about.

It’s called Juan Diego Falls.

Juan Diego Falls is located on Road 191 and what was once a little secret among locals is now visited by tourists daily.

However, what makes these falls special is that they are made of several falls.

Just a short hike off the main road most visitors have the ability to see and even swim in the first two falls. But if you are up for the challenge you can climb to the upper falls through an unmarked trail where not only will you get to enjoy amazing views of El Yunque and the beaches in the background on a clear day but you will also have the falls all to yourself.

Taima Ramsey | Poor in A Private Plane

El Yunque-Juan Diego Falls
El Yunque-Juan Diego Falls | Photo Credit Poor in A Private Plane

Niagara Falls, USA / Canada

Niagara Falls is one of the most recognizable waterfalls in the world. It actually consists of two main falls. One on the U.S. side in New York State called the American Falls. And the larger Horseshoe Falls in Ontario on the Canadian side. 

To get an up close view of the falls, you can take the Voyage To The Falls boat tour. Be warned, you will get wet as the 600 000 gallons of water roars over these powerful waterfalls.  

But it’s an experience not to miss. 

These spectacular falls were formed years ago by glaciers. Although illegal, many crazy dare devils have tried to make it over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Surprisingly 12 people have lived to tell about it. 

Today the falls are just as amazing to see as they were years ago. Known as a top vacation and honeymoon destination, people come from all over the world every year to witness this incredible view. 

Kimberley Bell | Two Travelling Toques

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls | Photo Credit Two Travelling Togues

Kollimalai, India

Kollimalai is one of the very fascinating waterfalls in Tamil Nadu, southern India. Though the waterfalls is great, the main attraction is the route to reach the waterfalls! It’s a ghat-road with a whopping 70 hairpin-bends!

The thrill of maneuvering each of those 70 hairpin-bends while riding a bike to reach here, is such a thrill. The waterfalls itself is called Aagaya Gangai (literally means the river Ganga from the skies).

Since it is located in the valley of Kolli hills, a walk down a staircase of 1000+ steps from the parking, finally leads to the waterfalls. This waterfalls is the River Aiyaru that falls from a height of 300ft. The water is pristine and it is possible to stand just below the waterfalls.

There are some ropes and safety arrangements in place to help the tourists walk right upto, just below the falls.

Bhushavali | My Travelogue by Bhushavali

Kollimalai Waterfall
Kollimalai | Photo Credit My Travelogue by Bhushavali

KiteKite Falls, Auckland

When in New Zealand, you’ll likely find yourself in Auckland. And when in Auckland, you’ll likely find yourself road tripping to Piha with its black sand beaches and gnarly waves. And when you find yourself in Piha – you absolutely must head over to Kitekite Falls located in the western part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

The trailhead is only a 20-minute walk – or 3-minute drive – from the center of Piha. So there are no excuses.

From the trailhead, a short 30-minute walk will guide you to this incredibly beautiful 40 meter (or 131 feet) high waterfall. Make sure to take pictures because it’s just as impressive in the photos as it is in real life. 

At the bottom of the falls is a pool available for swimming – which I highly recommend. You also have the option of exploring the top of the falls via a 15-minute climb up a nearby trail. Up there you’ll find an incredible view of the valley and more (and probably less crowded) swimming holes to relax in.

Ashley | Impact Winder  

KiteKite Falls
KiteKite Falls | Impact Winder

Aguinid Falls, Philippines

Cebu Island in the Philippines is home to a host of sensational waterfalls. While Kawasan Falls are often named as the best there is a hidden gem nearby. Aguinid Falls is just a short drive from Kawasan, yet attracts very few visitors each day. Gatorade blue water cascades down these beautiful falls which are hidden away in the lush green jungle.

The waterfall is made up of 8 levels and one of the reasons is so incredible is that you can hire a guide who will help you climb up through these different levels.

The levels become more and more spectacular until you reach the main waterfall which is at the 5th level. This is the tallest part of Aguinid Falls and the water flows down the rocks and into a natural blue pool below.

While this waterfall is spectacular, having the chance to climb up it, swim in the pools and do some cliff jumping makes for an epic experience. It is also amazing that so few people visit here, meaning you will only have to share it with a handful of people.

Roxanne | The Coastal Campaign

Aguinid Falls
Aguinid Falls | Photo Credit The Coastal Campaign

Marakopa Falls, New Zealand

Marakopa Falls is hailed as one of “the most impressive waterfalls in New Zealand.” It is located in Tawarau Forest, just a few kilometers from the famous Waitomo Caves. From the car park, it’s an easy 15-minute (0.8 km) walk to the viewing platform of the waterfalls, suitable for all fitness levels.

The waterfalls are 35 meters tall, flowing into the Marakopa River. When driving here from Waitomo, you can combine this walk with the nearby Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk and Piripiri Cave Walk.

More info on the waterfall

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Marakopa Falls
Marakopa Falls | Photo Credit My Debstinations

Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah

Lower Calf Creek Falls is probably the most iconic hike in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah.  It’s a towering 126(ish) foot tall waterfall in the middle of the Utah desert.  It’s a six-mile round-trip hike with little elevation gain, though it is a little difficult because you’re walking in deep sand for a lot of it, but most people can do it just fine.  

The hike takes about three hours for the whole thing and is best done in the fall, spring, or winter since the summer gets so hot (100+ degrees F).  One perk of going in the summer though is that you can swim at the base of the falls and the water will feel really good in the heat. 

The trail is fairly woodsy with a good amount of shade, but it would still be a little too hot for me in July.  It’s a must-see waterfall if you’re passing through on a road trip.  

Megan Johnson | Red Around The World

lower calf creek falls
Lower Calf Creek Falls | Photo Credit Red Around The World

NohKaLikai Falls in Meghalaya, India

The most dramatic, and highest plunge waterfall in India, Nohkalikai Falls is dangerously beautiful. With a drop of about 1,100 feet, it rightfully claims the fourth position among the highest waterfalls in the world.

The way it free falls over densely forested red-rock cliffs into an emerald blue pool is mesmerizing. Located near Cherrapunji‎ (Sohra) in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya, Nohkalikai gets its name from Likai, a Khasi woman who jumped from here grieving the loss of her child. ‘Noh’ literally translates to ‘jump’ and ‘Ka’ means female gender in a local language.

You can appreciate the waterfall from the height, and then, step down the series of steep stairs to get close to the waterfall, for a different perspective. In the dry season, you can even trek up and down to the waterfall.

Anjali Chawla | Travel Melodies

NohKaLikai Falls in Meghalaya, India
NohKaLikai Falls | Photo Credit Travel Melodies

Gocta Waterfalls, Peru

The minivan ride is a spicy foretaste. We’re fighting off a feeling of nausea with one of excitement, looking forward to our day hike. When we’re let out on the side of the road, we tighten our hiking boots and off we go.

The way up to San Pablo slowly reveals the surrounding valley. The soft breeze and the smells of the bushes envelop us. We meet local people who give us bananas and tell us stories about their funny-named dogs.

We find the trail that will lead us to Gocta, one of the tallest free-leaping waterfalls in the world. In the end, the full Gocta waterfalls hike will take us the whole day and much energy. But for now we’re strolling our way, completely alone in this overlooked part of Northern Peru, stopping to take in the scenic view on the valley.

What starts as a dirt path between crop fields becomes a mud trail venturing deep into the jungle. We now feel the humidity and the constant activity of the forest around us. And the mosquitoes.

The noise now gets louder with every step; it finally turns into a roar when we reach a rocky cliff. We’re cold and have to put on our rain jacket. Then, at a bend in the path, it suddenly appears: Gocta, the tallest waterfall in Peru.

Green Mochila

Gocta waterfall
Gocta waterfall | Photo Credit Green Mochila

Wachirathan Waterfall, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located next to Highway 1009 in the Ban Luang region of the Chom Thong district of Chiang Mai, the Wachirathan waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. You can visit it on your way to the Doi Inthanon National Park. Wachirathan translates to “Diamond Creek” and the visual of the waterfall certainly lives up to that translation.

A small concrete path leads you up to the waterfall. The power of the water flow can be understood from the fact that halfway through your climb up the path, you’ll feel sprays of water on your face. When you finally reach the waterfall you see a spectacular sight of water cascading through the clifftop rocks and a line of segmented waterfalls. The waterfall has a cumulative height of 80 metres.

The best part about the waterfall though is a rainbow that forms at the base of the waterfall. It gives a surreal appearance to the place and merges beautifully with the flora. Because of this paradisiacal natural occurring, the waterfall is also called “Rainbow Waterfall”. You have to visit the waterfall if you’re spending a few days in Chiang Mai

As for amenities, there are clean well-maintained toilets inside the park of the waterfall. You’ll also find a cafe near the parking area where you get coffee, tea, snacks and coconut water.

TIP : Buy a ticket to the Doi Inthanon Park and you can visit this waterfall for free. Also, wear good hiking shoes with a firm grip as the stones can be slippery if you’re planning to walk the trail to get closer to the waterfall.

Vaibhav Mehta | The Wandering Vegetable

 Wachirathan waterfall
Wachirathan Waterfall | Photo Credit The Wandering Vegetable

Sarang Walet Waterfall in Tetebatu Indonesia

Indonesia is known for its gorgeous waterfalls from 300 feet ones to smaller ones. Sarang Walet waterfall in Tetebatu, Lombok is one such drop-dead beautiful waterfall that was discovered by us accidentally. To reach the Sarang Walet waterfall, you will need to walk through rice fields, bamboo forests, a tunnel filled 1 foot of water, and man-made bamboo bridges.

The cave-like structure and vegetation around the waterfall will make you feel like you are in Amazon rain forests. If you arrive here in the late morning (around 10), you will see the sunlight passing through the thick vegetation and falling on the waterfall – a spectacular, shimmering sight to behold.

The water in Sarang Walet waterfall originates from the second highest active volcano Mount Rinjani in Indonesia and hence, locals say it is rich with minerals and keep them healthy.

Nishu | Tanned Travel Girl

Sarang Waltet Waterfall | Photo Credit Tanned Travel Girl

Torc Waterfall, Ireland

One stop along the Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive in Ireland that you should not miss is Killarney National Park, County Kerry.

Nestled at the base of Torc Mountain in Killarney National Park is one of its main highlights, the stunning Torc Waterfall. The Owengarriff River, which flows from a lake high up in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range, tumbles magnificently down the 20 meter cascade waterfall.

Surrounded by lush green vegetation and home to the occasional red deer, this picturesque waterfall is at its most impressive after heavy rainfall. (Ireland receives plenty of rainfall throughout the year, so this should not be a problem!) 

To reach the base of the waterfall you follow the path from the carpark for about 200 meters. If you would like a better vantage point, then walk up the stone steps that lead to the higher viewing spot.

There are several looped walks and hiking trails around Torc Waterfall that are suitable for all abilities and are well worth checking out when you are in the area. As this is one of the main highlights of the Ring of Kerry tour route, try to come early or late in the day to enjoy it without the crowds. 

 Emer and Nils | Let’s Go Ireland

Torc Waterfall
Torc Waterfall | Photo Credit Lets Go Ireland

Wapta Falls, Canada

Wapta Falls in British Columbia, Canada should definitely be the next waterfall on your bucket list! It is a heavily trafficked, well-maintained, and easy hiking trail through Yoho National Park, that leads to some breathtaking waterfalls.

Both dog- and kid-friendly, the trail is mostly flat, initially starting as a serene stroll through the lush marsh. However, it isn’t long before you hear the roar of the waterfalls. And, once you reach the falls, the views are stunning: a captivating waterfall, with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.

The best part about visiting these waterfalls is that you can climb to its base. And, if you don’t mind getting drenched from the spray of the falls, you can get pretty close.

Overall, this hike is the perfect stop on your Canadian Rockies road trip, and it’ll only take you around 1.5 hours round trip to complete – it is definitely worth the visit!

Mia | Walk A While With Me

Wapta Falls, BC
Wapta Falls | Photo Credit Walk A While With Me

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Located just 30 miles outside of Portland, Oregon, Multnomah Falls is the state’s tallest waterfall at 620 feet! This breathtaking natural wonder can be accessed year-around making the attraction the perfect addition to any nature-lover’s itinerary.

A quick hike will bring you to Benson Bridge providing you with an up-close view to the falls. This misty 69-foot vantage-point features a spectacular overlook of the roaring waters. Be sure to visit the Multnomah Falls Lodge, a National Historic Landmark built in 1925, that houses a gift shop, restaurant, and information center with free trail maps!

Entry to the park is free and parking is available but limited. So, plan to arrive early or take a free shuttle from Rooster Rock State Park ($5 day-use per car).

Erin McLaughlin | The Gal On The Go

Multnomah Falls | Photo Credit The Gal On The Go

Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

They may be located in a valley of 72 waterfalls but Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, is definitely one of the most beautiful.  Tumbling nearly 300 metres from an overhanging rock face, Staubbach Falls are the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe.

Visitors to the village can’t help but notice the famous falls – they are instantly recognisable as you enter, and from almost everywhere within Lauterbrunnen.

Staubbach Falls can be viewed from the main road in the village but it’s also possible to hike up to a viewing gallery behind the falls.  This means you can look out through the plunging spray of water to the picturesque village beyond.

The hike to the Staubbach Falls viewing gallery is quite steep in places but the effort to reach it – about 10 to 15 minutes’ walk – is well worth it.

During the summer months, Staubbach Falls are illuminated at night, which makes these pretty falls even more charming.

Carolyn | Holidays to Europe

Staubbach Falls
Staubbach Falls | Photo Credit Holidays to Europe

Wailua Falls, Hawaii

Wailua Falls stands nearly eighty feet tall, towering above the Pacific Ocean at the end of the epic road to Hana drive in Maui. In order to reach the falls, you have to drive through a winding road past Hana town, on the east side of Maui.

You’ll first spot the falls from your car, but you’ll want to immediately start looking for parking along the side of the road. This is a popular tourist attraction, so the earlier in the day you can get there, the better!

The falls will be in full view from the road, but if you want to get up close, you can make the short (but slippery) hike to the base of the falls. Wailua crashes into a small pool of water, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. While you’re in the area, make sure you check out the local vendors who set up stalls along the road.

For a more laid-back vibe, head back to Hana or check out Hamoa beach (way less tourists!) And don’t forget to pack everything you need for the drive by following this free Hawaii packing checklist.

Ale Leon | Sea Salt & Fog

Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls | Photo Credit Sea Salt & Fog

Skogafoss Waterfalls, Iceland 

Located on the south coast of Iceland is the stunning Skogafoss waterfalls. It is one of the largest in the country, and also the mightiest, as it falls from a cliff. The pressure from the cliff showcases rainbows which can be often seen in and around the waterfalls.

A visit to Skogafoss should be a part of your Iceland trip, and it can be easily explored from Reykjavik, the capital city on a day trip. There are parking areas near the falls, and it doesn’t require any strenuous hiking to explore. 

However, if you wish to hike there are hiking trails nearby that lead up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. 

It is important to wear waterproof clothing as you approach the waterfalls.

Mayuri | ToSomePlaceNew

Skogarfoss in Iceland
Skogarfoss | Photo Credit Tosomeplacenew

Catawba Falls, North Carolina

Tucked away in the Pisgah National Forest, Catawba Falls is a beautiful 100 foot tall waterfall with a swimming hole at the base. Located in Old Fort, North Carolina, it is an easy drive east of Asheville.

The hike is 3 miles round-trip alongside a burbling stream, following a relatively flat dirt path weaving through lush woods and over small creeks until you reach the falls. With a large parking lot, restrooms, and simple out and back trail, this popular waterfall makes for a wonderful afternoon hike.

Check out other waterfall options in the area in this list of easy Asheville hikes

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Catawba Falls
Catawba Falls | Photo Credit Explore More Cleaness

Yosemite Falls, USA

There is no shortage of beautiful waterfalls in the world, but what made Yosemite Falls more beautiful, more gorgeous is the jaw-dropping view of the park’s granite cliffs and a magical rainbow on a bright sunny day.

At a height of 2425 feet, Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America and the fifth-highest in the world. If you plan to visit Yosemite in a day, you must visit this spectacular waterfall of California.

There are three parts of Yosemite Falls of varying heights – One can hike at the bottom of Yosemite Falls, the hike is pretty easy and from a distance, you can expect a mesmerizing view of the fall which is said to drop 320 feet. The upper Yosemite Falls hike is a bit strenuous and it will take much longer around 6-8 hours.

I will recommend planning your trip months in advance as finding a camp can be painful on summer weekends. 

Trijit Mallick | BudgetTravelBuff

Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls : Photo Credit BudgetTravelBuff

Rio Celeste Waterfall, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is full of magical waterfalls to explore but one of my favourites is Rio Celeste. The waterfall is located in  Tenorio Volcano National Park, which is just an hour drive from the popular town of La Fortuna.

The park is open every day from 8-4 but you must enter by 2pm. They only allow 1000 people in the park per day and it is quite popular, so it’s a good idea to get here early in the day if you want to guarantee you’ll get in and beat the crowds.

Once inside there are hiking trails to take you around the park and to an amazing viewpoint of Rio Celeste. The waterfall is an incredible turquoise colours that’s caused by the meeting of two rivers nearby. Of all the waterfalls in Costa Rica, this is one of the most unique to see! 

Lora Pope | Explore With Lora

Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste | Photo Credit Explore With Lora

Tumpak Sewu, Java

Tumpak Sewu – which translates loosely to ‘a thousand waterfalls’ – is easily my most memorable waterfall experience. In fact, getting to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is an experience itself. Once arriving on a drive through East Java’s volcanic scenery, the 40-minute trek down half-rotten bamboo ladders and rope-assisted slippery rocks is quite the adventure.

From the top, the panoramic view of this huge half-circle of falls was stunning. But from the bottom, with the force of the water cooling your skin after the tough hike down, you can see how epic Tumpak Sewu really is. It’s definitely worth wearing proper hiking shoes or sneakers and going with a friend if possible, as the beaten path down is beautiful but a little off-putting for those scared of heights.

However, it’s worth it for this magnificent natural attraction – and all part of what makes these falls so memorable.

Cassie Bailey | Cassie The Hag

Tumpak Sewu
Tumpak Sewu : Photo Credit Cassie The Hag

Pailon De Diablo, Ecuador

At 80 meters high, Pailon del Diablo or Devil’s cauldron is arguably the most spectacular waterfall in the touristy town of Baños in Ecuador. During my time teaching English in Ecuador, I visited Baños many times, and every time I made it a point to hike to this waterfall. 

To get there, you can take the steps from the Rio Verde to reach underneath the falls, and see it bottom-up. The trail leads you to an otherworldly set of stairs carved out of the cliffs right next to the waterfall. The stairs are a little slippery and wet. But once you reach the small viewing platform, you would be gifted a really close vantage point to watch the water falling with all its might. The hike back is not too difficult.

But if you don’t want to sweat much, you can go to the suspension bridge to have great views of the falls and iconic staircase, and the surrounding gorge.

It costs $2 for the ticket to enter Pailon del Diablo, which you can buy at the ticket counter when you enter.

Deb Pati | The Visa Project

Pailón del Diablo
Pailón del Diablo | Photo Credit Wikimedia

Risco Waterfall, Maderia

Risco waterfall is located deep into the tropical forests of the west part of the island of Madeira. It is the biggest waterfall on the island and stands at about 100 meters height.

The waterfall consists of two parts, a lower one, which consists of the bigger part of the waterfall and the upper one consists of a basin and a smaller waterfall.

To get to the waterfall you have to follow the Levada das 25 Fontes in Madeira, which is an old irrigation system built around the 15th century. The path to Risco is not easy and one should be prepared with lots of water and food. However, along the way, there are many places where you can stop by and rest.

One of them is the 25 Fontes Falls, which is another waterfall along the trail. Eventually, by following the signs on the trail you will reach Risco waterfall first and then you can continue up to Lagoa do Vento, which is the upper part of the waterfall. From there you can observe the whole region and the ocean.

Risco waterfall is one of the most beautiful places to visit on Madeira island. It is attracting many tourists every year, despite the path being quite tough. However, with proper equipment, one can easily reach it and enjoy its beauty!

Alexandrina Nikolova | Earthosea

Levada das 25 Fontes in Madeira
Levada das 25 Fontes | Photo Credit Earthosea

Kawasan Falls – Cebu Island – Philippines

The island of Cebu in the Philippines is known for its stunning waterfalls, and one of the best waterfalls on Cebu is Kawasan Falls. In fact, it has become one of the most photographed locations in the entire country. The water plunges over a 20-meter drop into a turquoise blue pool below, and sometimes you’ll even find a rustic bamboo raft anchored near the falls – perfect for an Instagrammable selfie.

But you would be doing yourself a disservice to just come for the photo. Above the main waterfall are several more tiers of waterfalls and swimming holes. And for the truly adventurous you can sign up for a canyoneering trip.

You’ll be driven on the back of a motorbike through the jungle and to the top of Kawasan Canyon. You’ll then work your way downstream via cliff jumps, natural waterslides, and flooded caves. The tour finishes with a harrowing 12-meter leap from the top of a waterfall! (Luckily there is another way down if that sounds like a bit too high of a jump).  

Nick & Val | Wandering Wheatleys

Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls | Photo Credit Wandering Wheatleys

Manchewe Falls are not that easy to get to, but they are worth the effort. At 125 meters, they are the tallest falls in Malawi! The falls are just outside the remote highland town of Livingstonia, which has a couple of eco-lodges that make a good base for exploring.

My favorite is the Mushroom Farm, which has an attached vegetarian restaurant that serves some of the best food you’ll find anywhere in Malawi.

At the lodge, you can also hire a local guide to take you to the falls for just a few dollars. While you could probably find the falls on your own, your guide will be able to show you a few different viewpoints where you can see the falls from various angles. He’ll also take you to natural pools where you can cool off with a swim in the river.

Getting to Manchewe Falls is not easy, but it’s worth it. The Falls are perched on top of the Rift Valley Escarpment, way up in the northern highlands of Malawi and just outside the historic colonial town of Livingstonia. The only way up (other than walking) is a very bumpy ride in the back of one of the pick-up trucks that serve as public transport.

Wendy Werneth | The Nomadic Vegan

Manchewe Falls
Manchewe Falls | Photo Credit The Nomadic Vegan

Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world is in an unassuming place. Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River after Niagara Falls.

When you walk down to the edge you are overwhelmed by the sheer force of the water rushing over. The falls drop almost 50 feet and reaches 200 feet across allowing for over 50,000 gallons of water to flow over the edge each second.

In Tahquamenon State Park, there are multiple waterfalls for you to see. Four miles down the road are a series of lower waterfalls and trails for you to explore as well.

Michigan even makes a great place to visit in the fall with its all of the colors changing on the trees and the water turning copper. Tahquamenon Falls is one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets that everybody should know about.

Heather Raulerson | Raulerson Girls Travel

Tahquamenon Falls
Tahquamenon Falls | Photo Credit Raulerson Girls Travel

Jeongbang Falls in Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island is absolutely stunning and is South Korea’s biggest island, which is also known as being the Hawaii of South Korea. The island is really exotic and has much to offer to both local and foreign travelers.

For Koreans it is a popular holiday destination, especially for newly wed Korean couples going on honeymoon. Popularity among foreigners, especially tourists from South East Asia, is slowly increasing, due to the many Korean dramas that were filmed on the island. 

There are 3 main waterfalls on the island, Jeongbang, Cheonjiyeon and Cheonjeyeon. All of these are located in Seogwipo and lie within walking distance of each other.

If you have to pick one, then definitely pick Jeongbang as it is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean.

The admission fee to get into the waterfalls are 2000 won (2$) each. You can get to the waterfall by public transport, but it’s way easier to get around Jeju Island by car. 

Marie | Be Marie Korea

Jeongbang Falls
Jeongbang Falls | Photo Credit Be Marie Korea

Watkins Glen State Park, USA

Watkins Glen State Park is one of the most well known in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Within the 2 miles of the trail, hikers can see nineteen waterfalls – 19! It’s truly amazing to witness.

The trail starts at the Entrance Amphitheatre. Head up the stairs, cross the Sentry Bridge over the Entrance Falls into a section called Glen Alpha.

This Gorge Trail hike as listed as a moderate hike. It’s a moderate hike because of the number of stone stairs that you are required to climb through the gorge. The terrain isn’t exactly even either. If you are not wearing the right shoes, the trail could be slippery as there is water everywhere.

The reward for the trek is Cavern Cascade, Central Cascade, Rainbow Falls, and Pluto Falls along with many others that you can walk under and enjoy.

Kathryn Dickson | Kathryn Anywhere

Watkins Glen Waterfalls
Watkins Glen Waterfalls | Photo Credit Kathryn Anywhere

Hebbe Falls, India

One of the most famous waterfalls in South India, Hebbe falls is located amidst a beautiful forest. If you are visiting Chikmagalur, known for its coffee plantations, Hebbe falls is a must visit. In order to reach the waterfall, you need to rent a Jeep from a point on the main road.

From there, the Jeep will take you deep into the wilderness till another point. Next, a beautiful hike awaits. You will be reach the waterfalls after crossing a few river streams and jumping a few logs. 

Before you see the first view of the waterfall, the sound of water splashing upon the rocks will grab your attention first. Then, through the trees and hanging branches of the forest, you will see the beautiful Hebbe falls. 

The best part of visiting Hebbe falls is that you can take a swim in the pond. With the waterfall acting as a shower form top, swimming in the waterfall pond is a memorable experience! 

Umang Trivedi | Travel Max

Hebbe Fllas
Hebbe Falls | Photo Credit Travel Max

Millaa Millaa Falls, Queensland

Millaa Millaa Falls are one of the most famous waterfalls in Queensland, the tropical state in Australia.

They are are over 18 meters high and are surrounded by a beautiful and lush rainforest, so make sure you don’t forget your camera as the view is breathtaking. If you don’t mind the cold water, you can even have a nice swim just there!

Located in the Atherton Tablelands, approximately 100 kilometers south of Cairns, Millaa Millaa are part of the so-called Waterfall Circuit, along with Ellinjaa (5 kilometers away) and Zillie falls (8 kilometers away). You can easily visit the three of them in half a day.

You can also park your car right in front of the waterfalls, and there is a good lookout too, so they are easy to visit for everyone, even if you don’t have much time.

Millaa Millaa falls became very popular these last years (apparently, they filmed a shampoo advert over there) so if you want to take beautiful pictures, try to be there early… and take extra care, the ground may be wet!

Paula & Andrea | Viajar y Otras Pasiones

Takachiho Gorge in Kyushu

The 17-meter high Minainotaki Waterfall in the Takachiho Gorge is one of the most amazing spots on Kyushu Island in Japan. Found in the forest of Miyazaki, a natural gorge has formed around the Gokase River where the Minainotaki Waterfall, pours down into the river below.

You can find giant Basalt columns, which line the sides of the Gokase River, which make this gorge one of the most unique spots in Japan. The columns are said to resemble the scales of a dragon where the stones were twisted when the river flowed in the formation of the gorge.

There are several ways to enjoy  Takachiho gorge and the Minaionotaki Waterfall. The first way is to paddle underneath the stone bridge in a rowboat, which can be hired for $50 per hour. The waterfall sprays  you as you paddle by and enjoy the stunning gorge

The second way to enjoy the Takachiho Gorge is from the lower viewpoint, which gives you a very elevated view of the boats and the waterfall below.

Jackson Groves | Journey Era

Diyaluma Waterfall in Sri Lanka

Looking for an adventurous daytrip to one of the most stunning waterfalls in Sri Lanka’s lush green heart? Then the Diyaluma waterfall should catch your attention.

Not only the 220 meter drop is impressive. But also several natural pools, smaller falls, a fun hike to the top, and stunning views of jungle covered hills make Sri Lanka’s second highest waterfall an excellent destination for a great day out.

Located around 1 hour away from backpackers paradise Ella, the Diyaluma waterfalls can be visited as a quick half-day trip. But to fully enjoy the natural pools and the beautiful surrounding I recommend to take out the day for it.

In either case; make sure to bring enough food, drinks and sunscreen. While some eateries can be found around the base of the waterfall, you’ll be on your own exploring the top.

Excited to visit this waterfall? Discover World Places wrote a compelling travel story about the Diyaluma waterfall, including a complete DIY guide to get there.

Priscilla Versteeg | Discover World Places

Santa Barbara Falls, Brazil

If I were ever to design a waterfall, it would look exactly like the Santa Barbara Falls in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.

This is not only one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Brazil, but it also is surrounded by abundant natural landscapes.

Namely, it towers about 30 meters into the sky to plunge into a turquoise pool where visitors unwind and relish the good weather – the scenery couldn’t be prettier!

To get there, though, visitors need to hire a local guide at the national park where this waterfall is located. It is a journey through a dirt road and a short hiking trail, and a 4×4 vehicle is needed for that, so you might want to use your guide’s car to save you the hassle.

It might take you a little while to reach this paradise, but when you do, you’ll realize that Santa Barbara was absolutely worth your while!

Bruna Venturinelli | I Heart Brazil

Aldeyjarfoss, Iceland

Located in Northern Iceland, Aldeyjarfoss is one of the best waterfalls in Iceland. A very remote location of this waterfall makes for hardly any crowds (and no tour buses!), so you can have the place all to yourself to enjoy!

Situated in the middle of a bare landscape and framed by basalt columns, Aldeyjarfoss has a short drop of ~20 metres into an icy blue pool. The smooth symmetry of the basalt columns and the stunning colour of the water make this a very photogenic spot!

Aldeyjarfoss is located between Akureyri and Mývatn on a 45-minute detour off the Ring Road. You will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the last 3 km section of the road. Alternatively, you can hike (or hitchhike if you’re lucky!) this distance. A visit to Aldeyjarfoss is a worthy detour and an absolute must-do if you’re in Iceland.

Smita Singh | My Faulty Compass


Kanto Lampo waterfall is one of Bali’s hidden gems.  Standing at only 15 meters height, the waterfall might not be the most spectacular, but its water cascading down over a series of rock steps certainly makes it one of the most beautiful.

Unlike other waterfalls tucked deep into the jungle, reaching Kanto Lampo waterfall takes only 10 minutes on foot. The best view of the waterfall is from the river itself, so don’t forget your swimsuit! For an unforgettable experience and an epic picture, climb onto the lower rocks of the waterfall (watch out, as the stones are slippery!).

The entrance fee of 10,000 IDR (less than 1 USD) is to be paid at the parking lot and a few locals along the way will expect some tips for guiding you to the waterfall.

The best time to visit Kanto Lampo waterfall is during the dry season (between April and September), when the river level is low enough to be safe.

Located near the village of Gianyar (around an hour’s drive from Ubud or two hours from Seminyak), the visit of Kanto Lampo waterfall can easily be combined with other sights like the Goa Gajah temple or the nearby Tibumana waterfall.

Emma | Bonjour Sunset

Cachoeira do Sossego, Brazil

The plateau of Chapada Diamantina is one of the best spots for for hiking in Brazil and rivals well with the most famous treks in South America. The natural park has wonderful views over the green valleys framed by beautiful mountains.

But there are also some great hikes very close to the main city of the Chapada Diamantina, Lençois. In my opinion, an excursion to the Cachoeira do Sossego is absolutely a must do when you visit the area. It is a medium difficult trek of about two hours all along a stream, with vast parts where you have to walk on the big rocks disturbing the natural flow of the water.

If it is very hot do not worry, when you reach the waterfall at the end of the valley, you can have a restoring swim in the little lake just below the cascade. The fatigue will disappear immediately!

Mario Migliore | Rest & Recuperation

Epupa Falls, Namibia

For most people, Namibia is the land of the endless desert and impressive sand dunes.

Not many know that the Northern part of the country has extensive wetlands, rivers inhabited by hippos and crocodiles, and lush jungles. The Epupa Falls located on the border with Angola comes as a real surprise to travelers.

An impressive group of waterfalls dropping from the steep and smooth rocky cliffs surrounded by massive baobab trees is definitely worth adding to one’s Namibia travel itinerary.

It is a series of big waterfalls on the Cunene River. Epupa in the Herero language (the local tribe) means foam. The greatest single drop of the Epupa Falls is 37 meters with several falls dropping from 20-30 meters. There are several look-out points from where visitors can enjoy the impressive waterfall.

The best way to experience Epupa is to spend a couple of days camping or staying in a bungalow at one of the lodges near the waterfall. Falling asleep every night with the sound of the roaring waterfall is incredible.

Alya & Campbell | Stingy Nomads

Mulafossur, Faroe Islands

Mulafossur is the most prolific waterfall in the Faroe Islands.  Located on Vagar island where the airport is, the waterfall is distinguished by its high drop from a cliff into the Atlantic Ocean.  It is situated in charming Gasadalur village on the island, a tiny village that offers views over to Mykines, the island that is known for having puffins that you can visit.

Another fantastic thing about Mulafossur is that it is not located too far from any of the hotels in the Faroe Islands, which makes it very accessible and easy to travel to.  It is also the perfect stop on the way from the airport to Torshavn.  

Getting to the view of Mulafossur is also pretty easy.  There is a well-kept path that leads to it across the small cove where you can take in its views.  This path doesn’t really require a hike at all and can be walked by everyone regardless of mobility for the most part.  It is definitely one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe and the world.

Megan Starr | Megan Starr

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Fiordland National Park, in the far south of New Zealand’s South Island, is home to some of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls. One of the best ways to see them is on a boat trip through Milford Sound.

You’ll see the two main permanent waterfalls – Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls, but if you go during heavy rain hundreds of small waterfalls emerge. The boats take you almost directly below Stirling Falls, which is a fun experience!

There are heaps of other waterfalls in Fiordland National Park, including Humboldt Falls and the waterfalls at Doubtful Sound (very similar to Milford Sound).

You’ll see waterfalls crashing down granite slopes on the scenic road to Milford Sound or while hiking on one of the many trails in the region – if you’re into waterfalls you won’t want to miss Fiordland National Park!

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Sekumpul waterfall, Bali

Sekumpul waterfall is located in North Bali and is the highest waterfall of the island. With the lush surroundings, hanging vines and impressive height, power and beauty of this waterfall it will give you the Jurassic Park jungle vibes.

It takes about 20 – 30 minutes walking down on concrete stairs to get to the bottom of the waterfall and the entrance fee is 20,000 Rupiah which is about $1,50. 

There is always a lot of spray from the waterfall, especially in combination with wind. So make sure to keep your electronics and other valuable stuff safe from too much spray. Also, the steps can be slippery, so watch your step!

Besides the main waterfall Sekumpul, there are more waterfalls to explore in this area. A hidden waterfall in a kind of cave before you get to Sekumpul, and the Fiji waterfalls right around the corner of Sekumpul. 

Ilse de Groot | Digital Travel Couple

Have you visited any of these waterfalls or do you plan to visit one on your next trip, get in contact and let me know.

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