18 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World

There are hundreds and thousands of beautiful waterfalls scattered around the world.  Some falls are really tall, others flow underground, there are wide falls, narrow falls…. there are even horizontal falls.

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There is something that inspires people to stop and admire just how beautiful waterfalls really are, snap a picture and get lost in the falls magic.

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 There are far to many unique and beautiful waterfalls around the world to choose from so we teamed up with a group of travel bloggers to discover some of the most incredible waterfalls that they discovered during their travels.

Travel Bloggers Reveal 18 of Their Most Beautiful Waterfalls Pictures Around The World:

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1. AKAKA FALLS, HAWAII

Submitted by Noel from Travel Photo Discovery

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Akaka falls on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most iconic image of a waterfall on the island, if not all of Hawaii. The actual falls is a large fall with a smaller waterfall further down the canyon which is all an amazing botanical garden that you get to explore. Impressive bamboo groves, large ginger plants and flowers give this look into how everything grows fast and larger than life in Hawaii. It really is a fun garden and waterfall to explore when you are visiting the island.

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2. SKOGAFOSS, ICELAND

Submitted by Chris and Heather from A Brit & A Southerner Travel Blog

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Skogafoss is located on the south coast of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the iconic waterfalls across the Land of Fire and Ice. Located on the Skoga River, this waterfall flows over the edge of cliffs that were formerly the Icelandic coastline. As the coast receded, the former sea cliffs remained and visitors are now treated to the breathtaking sight of the Skogafoss waterfall falling 60 meters before flowing out towards the ocean.

The highlight of this waterfall is the ability to hike to the summit using the 475+ steps and admire the breathtaking scenery from a birds-eye perspective. This hike is a challenging yet rewarding experience and for those willing to make the effort, you may be fortunate to see a gorgeous rainbow alongside Skogafoss.  Iceland is blessed to have a plethora of amazing waterfalls but we would argue that Skogafoss is at the very top of the best natural attractions worth visiting.

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3. NOHKALIKAI FALLS, INDIA

Submitted by Ketki from Explore with Ecokats
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Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India at a height 1115 feet. The story of the fall is weird and sad wherein a woman named Kalikai jumped to death after being unknowingly fed her daughter who was killed by her second husband in a fit of jealously. Even though the story is sad, the waterfall paints a beautiful landscape across the mountains in state of Meghalaya, India which received highest rainfall in the world.

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4. OWHAROA FALLS, NEW ZEALAND

Submitted by The Wandering Darlings

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Owharoa Falls in New Zealand is located at the bottom of the Coromandel on the North Island. They are easily accessible from the Karangahake George and rail trail that runs through the area. Beautiful area full of greenery and the clearest water you could imagine.

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 5. TINAGO FALLS, PHILIPPINES 

Submitted by Katherine from Tara Lets Anywhere

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Tinago Falls is a 240-feet waterfalls with an enchanting-blue lagoon. Tinago means “hidden” in Filipino, referring to it being a hidden gem in the country. It’s aptly located just outside Iligan City in the Philippines, also known as The City of Majestic Waterfalls.

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6. KRKA NATIONAL PARK WATERFALLS, CROATIA

Submitted by Kate from Our Escape Clause

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The waterfalls of Krka National Park in Croatia are famous for two reasons: 1) they’re gorgeous, and 2) unlike the waterfalls at the rightfully famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, you can swim in them.

The waters are crystal clear, and incredibly cool and refreshing during a hot summer day–it’s easy to see why these waterfalls are so popular! The sound of the falls crashing down into the pools below makes the experience of swimming near them even better–definitely don’t miss this experience while near Krka National Park in Croatia!

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7. MULTNOMAH FALLS, OREGON, UNITED STATES

Submitted by Dean from Living La Vida Global

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Located a short drive from Portland, Oregon, in a region rich in stunning scenery, the Columbia River Gorge has a waterfall that is arguably the highlight. The two tiered Multnomah Falls is truly spectacular. To witness it from the base is breathtaking but for an even more sensational experience follow the path through the forest which eventually opens out on a bridge that places you right at the middle of this wonder of nature.

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8. NIAGRA FALLS, CANADA

Submitted by Karen from Wanderlustingk

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Niagara Falls is North American’s most epic and majestic waterfall.  This waterfall situated along the New York and Canadian border has views from both sides, however the Canadian side of Niagara Falls offers more opportunities to admire the size and flow of the water.  If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a rainbow when you’re standing on land or admiring Niagara Falls from a boat.

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9. VEGAS GRANDE WATERFALL, CUBA

Submitted by Hannah from Getting Stamped

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One of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever been to was in Trinidad Cuba. I had never heard of the Vegas Grande waterfall before but one my husband had a list of things to do in Trinidad was going hiking in Topes de Collantes. Our hike brought us to Vegas Grande, not only was it a gorgeous surprise but a great place to cool down after a hike in the Cuban jungle.

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10. DUDHSAGAR FALLS, GOA, INDIA

Submitted by Lisa and Lisa from Soul Drifters

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Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the border of the Indian state of Goa and Karnataka.  What is really unique about the waterfall is that there is a bridge that crosses the waterfall and if you time it just right you will get to see the trains crossing over the falls.

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11. CONCEPTION FALLS, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

Submitted by Sonal from Drifter Planet

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Don’t you just love waterfalls that are surrounded by trees? Conception Falls in the Philippines is exactly that. This tiny waterfall is in Busuanga town, which is around 2 hours away from the main Coron town on a scooter. There is a lovely natural pool that’s around this waterfall with trees on three sides. Inside this water, we also saw a school of doctor fish – the same one that’s used in fish spa. Don’t worry, they don’t bite but you can sit on a rock and enjoy a free foot spa.

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12. PURAKAUNUI FALLS, NEW ZEALAND

Submitted by Magda and Michal from Follow the View

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Purakaunui Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in New Zealand, located in the Catlins. This southern region of the South Island may seem a bit off the beaten track, but it’s a true gem! Mysterious forests full of countless waterfalls, picturesque Pacific shore, wild animals… If you have ever seen a picture of a waterfall in New Zealand, there is a very good chance you have seen this one. Water falls down the broad, three-stage cascades. The waterfall is not too high (I was a bit disappointed…) but definitely still worth a visit! If you are wondering what to see in Catlins if you don’t have plenty of time, go here.

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13. KUANG SI, LAOS

Submitted by Travel, Work, Play
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Kuang Si waterfall near Luang Prabang, Laos is a multi-tiered waterfall beloved of landscape photographers. Its pools are teal in color and the cascading water makes for some beautiful long exposure shots. It has many locations for safe swimming and there are vines and rope swings which people use to catapult themselves into the pools. Laos is humid and 30+ degrees most of the year, so Kuang Si is a welcome refreshment! If you hike all the way to the top (watch out on the slippery steps!) there is a bonus swimming pool right at the top of the waterfall – with fantastic views!

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14. RAINBOW FALLS, HAWAII (USA)

Submitted by Paroma from Year of The Monkey

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My husband and I visited Big island, Hawaii (USA) this spring where we saw a few amazing waterfalls near Hilo. I especially liked the Rainbow falls in the Wailuku river state park, plunging from a height of 100 ft. On sunny days, the water drops create a beautiful rainbow arc, thus lending the falls its name. You can view the falls from either the enclosed area near the parking lot or from above and it is simply gorgeous. Arrive early to avoid eager crowds and watch your step as you ascend up the stair for an aerial view.

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15. NAUYACA WATERFALLS, COSTA RICA

Submitted by: Oksana & Max from Drink Tea Travel

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The falls are located in the Puntarenas province, just outside of a small beach town called Dominical. A trip to the falls requires a bit of planning as the area is not accessible by public transport. The falls are located on private property so most travellers rent a car to get themselves to the start of the trail. From there, you have a few options to get to the falls. You can hike (3-4 hour return journey), you can join a horse back riding tour, or catch a ride in the back on a pick up truck.

Go early and try to get the falls all to yourself. The views are beautiful and the little swimming pool at the lower set of the falls is a welcoming spot to cool down on a hot day.

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16. KEGON WATERFALL, NIKKO, JAPAN

Submitted by Cory from You Could Travel

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It was after 4pm when we finally made it to the famed Kegon Waterfalls. This beauty is almost 100 meters tall and the only exit for Lake Chuzenji. This majestic natural wonder was formed because of lava flows which rerouted the Daiya River. This is a tourist magnetic during the autumn foliage.

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17. HAVASU FALLS, ARIZONA

Submitted by Diana from Diana Ratana

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Havasu Falls is the 1st of 4 waterfalls located in the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Supai, Arizona. Havasupai translates to  “people of the blue-green water”. The falls gets its beautiful hue from the minerals of the canyon rocks. To get down, one must hike 10 miles from the canyon trailhead in Supai, and an additional 4 to get to the last falls near the Colorado River.

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18. VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBIA

Submitted by Magda & Michal from Follow the View

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Victoria Falls at the Zambezi River is located at the Zimbabwe and Zambia border. This stunning waterfall is considered as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

It’s named Mosi-oa-Tunya in a local language, which means The Smoke That Thunders. Victoria falls is famous for enormous water mist, so usually, the best option to admire the view is a helicopter ride over the waterfall.

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Did your favorite waterfall make the list? What is the most beautiful waterfall you have been to?  Feel free to share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below.

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Lisa N

Adventure junkie, coffee addict and passionate about travel. "It’s better to look back on life and say “I cant believe I did that” then look back and say “I wish I did that” Follow me on twitter @soul_drifters

22 thoughts on “18 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World

  • August 4, 2017 at 8:47 am
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    woooow they are sooo amazing! I’d love to visit all of them! From the pictures, my favourite is the one in Zambia, the last one! it seems so magical 🙂

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  • August 4, 2017 at 8:45 am
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    I always loved watching the waterfalls. I’ve only seen the one from Goa, India.But wanna go and see each one of them now.

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  • August 4, 2017 at 6:55 am
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    Love love loveeeeeeeeeeeeee this 🙂 Waterfalls. This is epic. Thank you for suggesting some beautiful locations.

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  • August 3, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    These look beautiful! Would be really lovely to travel to places like this! x

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  • August 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm
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    So clearly, I need to get to Asia, especially the Philippines. I adore water falls and I am actually in the process of planning a getaway from myself to Oklahoma to check out an area with waterfalls out there. This is right on time!

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  • August 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm
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    These falls actually mark a disruption on the earth’s surface. And you know what? I hadn’t known until now the Meghalaya falls of India. Can you imagine?
    I liked the Croatia falls, they seemed so inviting and friendly! You can also include the Zambezi Falls of Africa and the Jog Falls of Karnataka in India.

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  • August 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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    What an absolutely stunning collection of beautiful places! It makes me realise how few waterfalls I’ve seen at first hand, although I did spot a few in the Yorkshire Dales last week. My ears are still imagining the sounds of all that crashing water.

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  • August 3, 2017 at 10:39 am
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    My favorite waterfall (Ban Gioc waterfall at the border of Vietnam and China) did not make it to this list unfortunately, but all the waterfalls here also look amazing. I always try to visit waterfalls in countries that I visit so this article is quite helpful!

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