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 Satellite Image
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 Satellite Image
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 Satellite Image
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 Satellite Image
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 Waterfall Satellite Image
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
Yumbilla Falls Satellite Image
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 Satellite Image
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 Satellite Image
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 Satellite Image
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 Satellite Image
Top 10 Tallest Waterfalls Chart
1. Angle Falls
979 Meters (3,212 ft)
Camaima National Park, Bolivar
Dense Jungle - Advanced
2. Tugela Falls
948 Meters (3,110 ft)
Seasonal - Intermediate Hike
3. Three Sisters Falls
914 Meters (2,999 ft)
Dense Jungle - No Access
4. Olo'upena Falls
900 Meters (2,953ft)
Air or Sea Access Only
5. Yumbilla Falls
896 Meters (2,940ft)
Jungle - Medium Hike
860 Meters (2,822ft)
More og Romsdal
Mountain/Valley - Roadside Viewing
850 Meters (2,789ft)
Seasonal - Roadside Viewing
8. Pu'uka'oku Falls
840 Meters (2,756ft)
Air or Sea Access Only
9. James Bruce Falls
840 Meters (2,756ft)
Coastal/Hiking Access Medium
10. Browne Falls
836 Meters (2,743ft)
Rain Forest - Medium Hike
Surprisingly the top ten waterfalls 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!
© 2015 R. Anderson
Ultimate Hubber on December 26, 2017:
Amazing! Yumbilla Falls are breathtaking though.
srsddn from Dehra Dun, India on April 03, 2015:
Well researched and nicely described. The world is full of wonders. Thanks for sharing these beautiful falls, Randerson.
Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 03, 2015:
Great list. Very interesting to see where they are located, some are in very remote areas. Thanks for the info.