Whether it’s a soothing trickle or a roaring torrent, waterfalls have attracted humans for millennia.
Below are my top picks of some of nature’s greatest exhibits of stretch, energy and beauty. Some I have visited, whilst others are still on the bucket list patiently waiting their turn.
It’s not easy to put together a list of ‘the best waterfalls in the world’ because it’s completely subjective and limited to each person’s experience. Maybe the man of your dreams dropped to one knee in Niagara or it’s where you and your bestie jumped hand in hand at Mackenzie Falls in Victoria. So view this list as just some of the many goodies to gain some inspiration and ideas for when it comes time to planning your next trip.
HAMAKUA COAST, HAWAII
Known as wailele in Hawaiian, these waterfalls line about 80km of Big Island’s edge. The area gets wet. It receives about 2000mm of rainfall a year, fuelling lush tropical vegetation and giving life to one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND
Oh the land of the Scots! Kilt Rock – named for the pleated pattern made by the basalt colums (I also like to think it has to do with their Kilts!) – this creation of beauty rises 90m into the sky on Scotland’s second largest island.
This one is popular and draws in a lot of crowds, so admittedly it has lost its wanderlust. Get up close and personal with Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist tour. The world-famous set of three waterfalls attract some 22 million visitors year.
I couldn’t write this post without including at least one waterfall from down under!
Hailed by the one and only David Attenborough as “the greatest natural wonders of the world” the Horizontal Falls are created by strong tidal currents pushing through two narrow gorges.