But we are not here looking for numbers. We want to show you that there are some really unique, beautiful and some less known or almost unknown waterfalls out there. We all know Niagara, Victoria and Iguazu and they are astonishing without a doubt, but we want to encourage you to be an explorer not just a follower of popular stuff. So here are some great ideas for dramatic views, photo points and your new exotic and maybe not so commercialized vacation.
Reach Falls (Port Antonio, Jamaica)
There are plenty of waterfalls you can visit in Jamaica, but they say that no Moviemaking industry could create so extraordinary and mind-blowing location like Reach Falls. It’s situated in the exotic virgin forest, the water is crystal clear and refreshing and there are species of plants there that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Behind one of the falls, there is a secret cave that you can step into and then climb out just above the cascade. The pool below was used in the movie “Cocktail” in which Tom Cruise stars. All of that being said, it’s not strange that it is becoming more and more popular. Our advice? Go before it gets crowded.
Rio Celeste Waterfall (Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica)
Celeste River is known for its sky blue color, created by volcanic minerals in rocks underneath. It takes just about an hour from the park’s entrance to reach the large waterfall. The journey into the forest in search for this waterfall is so colorful and mouth dropping, you will not regret it.
When you reach your destination, you will not believe the colors of the powerful river crashing 18 meters down from the trees above into the pool of cold turquoise water. Although the waterfall is not unknown, its remote location keeps it from getting crowded, offering you to have this magical place almost to yourself.
Baatara Gorge Waterfall (Tannourine, Lebanon)
This breathtaking waterfall drops 255 meters into the cave Baatara Pothole. This wonder of Mother Nature is also known as the Cave of Three Bridges, because after running the same area for centuries the water has carved a way through three natural bridges, rising one above the other. The area is very slippery and dangerous, so we advise you to be careful.
Tinago Falls (Iligan City, Philippine)
Tinago is a Filipino term that means “hidden”. That doesn’t mean that people don’t know about this treasure, but that the falls are being hidden in a deep ravine, and it’s a bit of a struggle to get there. To see it, you will have to walk approximately 500 steps. These steps are called the winding staircase. But it’s well worth it!
The waterfall has 5 drops of 74 meters into the calm lagoon, which is pretty deep so everyone is requested to wear the life jackets. The water is cold so it will take away the heat of the summer. Under the fall you can find a small cave where you can listen to the rumbling waters and forget about everything and just enjoy the moment.
Plitvice Lakes (Croatia)
The Plitvice Lake waterfalls are located in the Plitvice National Park, which was titled as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. It is incredible how many different waterfalls are located around the park. The two highest are the Large Waterfall (78 meters) and the Galovački buk (24 meters).
Aside from the many waterfalls, there are 16 individual lakes to admire (but swimming is not allowed), changing their colors from grey to green and turquoise. It takes approx. 6 hours for you to explore this heavily forested park on foot, but time flies quickly when you are surrounded by beautiful bridges and pathways across the edge of the lakes and very close to waterfalls.
Elakala Falls (West Virginia)
Located inside of Blackwater Falls State Park, this place nurses a series of four waterfalls, descending into the Blackwater Canyon. They are quite popular among photographers. The good news is that they usually stop at the first waterfall, which means fewer visitors on the other waterfalls. They are progressively more difficult to access and have no official marked trail that leads to them, so it takes a little bit more researching. Once you get there, you will appreciate it even more.
Sekumpul Waterfalls (Bali)
The most visited waterfall in Bali is Gigit, but the Sekumpul waterfalls, or group of seven waterfalls, are considered the most beautiful in Bali. The drive to reach it is long and so is the hike (it generally takes three to four hours of strong hiking, around 400 steps, crossing the river and again some trekking through jungle) but it pays off because you won’t see many of other visitors. Not everyone has the abilities you have to get that far… ;)