If you’re like me, as a kid, you probably enjoyed throwing heavy objects off super-high buildings, just to see how long it took and what they looked like when they smashed. As a responsible adult, I now get my pleasure in gazing at water falling from extremely high cliffs and splashing into the rocks. It’s quite spectacular. We wanted to find out more, so we decided to research what the tallest waterfalls in the world were, measured by the highest drops.
10. Ramnefjells Walls (Ramnefjellsfossen)
Located in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in the township of Stryn, Nesdalen in Norway, the Ramnefjellsfossen waterfall is a series of horsetail cascades with the tallest single drop measuring 1,968 feet (600 meters). However, the total height, if we include all the smaller cascades from the end of the Ramnefjellsbreen Glacier and those below the main point, is 2,685 feet (818 meters). Because of the small flow of water coming from the Jostedal Glacier, it was never used for hydroelectric purposes, unlike other waterfalls in Norway.
9. Kukenam Falls
The Kukenam Falls, also known as Cuquenan Falls, has the largest plunge waterfall in the world. Located in Salto, on the Guyana-Venezuelan border, it’s famous for the tallest single drop of 2,000 feet (610 meters). It springs from the 8,620 feet (2,627 m) high Kukenaam Mountain and falls towards the Kukenan Tepui, plunging into the Arabopo river on the Cuquenan Plateau at Mata Hui. If you’re in Venezuela, don’t miss it!
8. Lang Falls (Langfoss)
Located in Horadland, western Norway, Langfoss is a cascade that falls for a total of 2,008 feet (612 meters) before it leaps out into Åkrafjorden. Because the European route E134 runs along the base of the waterfall, many people get to stop by for pictures or just to admire the majestic natural phenomenon; one of the main reasons some consider it to be the most beautiful waterfall in the world.
7. Alfred Creek Falls
Alfred Creek is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America. It runs off of the Alfred Glacier and cascades down a solid bedrock wall for 700 meters before slamming onto a large alluvial fan. Located in the Sunshine Coast in Canada, the estimated height of the waterfall is 2,296 feet (700 meters).
6. Kjerag Waterfalls (Kjeragfossen)
Kjerag, also known as Kiragg, is a Norwegian mountain, located in Lysefjorden, the Rogaland county. It’s famous for its big stone, plugged between two big rocks, its great climbing and diving, and its extremely tall waterfall, which plunges for 2,345 feet (715m). The view is spectacular, so remember to take your camera!
5. Mana’wai’nui Falls
In Maui, Hawaii (not exactly the first place I expected to discover a huge waterfall) lie the Mana’wai’nui Falls. In native Hawaiian, it means “many spirited waters”. That’s because during the rainy season, as many as 25 segmented horsetails are formed. The tallest single drop of the Mana’wai’nui Falls is 2,360 feet (719m).
4. Ølmäa Falls (Ølmäafossen)
In Rauma, the Møre Og Romsdal province of Norway, just west of Mongefossena, lies the tallest waterfall in Europe and it’s a horsetail-type. Strangely enough, it doesn’t have a name; Ølmäafossen is just used to refer it to it in conversation! The water comes from the small glacier on the Romsdalen plateaus and falls down slowly. The drop is 2,362 feet (720m) high.
3. Monge Falls (Mongefossen)
Mongefossen, in Norway, is the tallest waterfall in the country with a total drop estimated to be at 2,535 feet (773m). Most of its water is used for hydroelectric production, which is the main reason why it’s dry most of the year – unless you get there during the great thawing of the snow (mid-spring to mid-summer).
2. Waihilau Falls
In Hawaii’s large Waimanu Valley, the Waihilau Falls are the second tallest in the world, with an estimated drop of 2,600 feet (792m). For hikers, the valley is extremely fascinating: the whole area was abandoned in 1940 and it has become one of the few unaltered and unspoiled locations in Hawaii. And if you get to see a “monstrous” rainbow, the word “beautiful” will not adequately describe what you’ll see.
1. Angel Falls
The tallest waterfall in the world with a total height of 3,212 feet (979m) and a clear drop measuring 2,648 feet (807m), Angel Falls (Kerepakupai merú ) located in the Canaima National Park, in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State, Venezuela. The first to discover the waterfall was Ernesto de Santa Cruz in 1910. Notwithstanding this, the story of pilot Jimmy Angel who first saw the falls in 1937 (and subsequently nose-dived into them) is far more famous. Luckily, he and all the passengers escaped unharmed and received near-legendary status in Venezuela. Angel Falls were named after him. They are also known as Kerepakupai merú (in the indigenous language) which means “fall from the deepest place.”