How many waterfalls drop directly into the ocean?

by Rory Audie
(South Africa)

I would like to know how many waterfalls flow directly into the ocean? I know the Waterfall Bluff in South Africa is one. How many more are there?

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Jun 06, 2015
by: Anonymous

Spend any time going round Kaua'i in a boat and you'll lose count.

Feb 07, 2015
Catandayagan falls in Ticao Island Masbate Philippines
by: Anonymous

May 24, 2014
Kremasto Nero-Samothraki island-Greece
by: Anonymous

Google Kremasto Nero Samothraki! There are articles that states this waterfall as the biggest waterfall which drops into sea... The waterfall is 180m high and drops directly into the Aegean Sea!!!

May 22, 2014
Ravine Cyrique
by: Anonymous

Anba Ravine Cyrique in the Village of Riviere Cyrique, Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.

Oct 08, 2013
Waterfall Bluff in Mboyti South Africa
by: Anonymous

It a 3.5 km walk to see but its worth every step.

Oct 01, 2012
here's a list, mcway no longer reaches the ocean.
by: Anonymous

Sep 05, 2012
Serious Underestimates
by: ALi

What only 9 or 11 waterfalls tipping directly into the sea? What an absurd idea! There must be many hundreds at least and my guess is thousands, especially if you include seasonal ones off icesheets and glaciers. Most of them will be in the mountainous parts of the world where people don't go (e.g. extreme south of Chile/Argentina). I know of about 4 in Scotland that fall into the sea - Kilt Rock waterfall on Skye, others at Smoo Cave and onto Loch nan Uamh. There will be more. ALi

Jun 05, 2012
vanuatu waterfalls
by: Anonymous

I have seen many water that drop directly into the Ocean in Vanuatu in the island of Maewo, Ambrym and Vanua Lava(twin water fall)

Nov 13, 2011
Saco Bravo
by: Anonymous

Saco Bravo, there's is this video, even better than the others. Enjoy:

Nov 13, 2011
Saco Bravo Waterfall
by: Anonymous

Found these videos showing Saco Bravo (or Brabo) in Paraty, RJ, Brazil. The waterfall forms a small pool before dropping into the sea.

Fantastic:, and

Nov 13, 2011
There are 11
by: Anonymous

There are 11 waterfalls that empty into the ocean. I believe 6 are in South Africa, half of which are located on the South African Nature Reserve, Mkhambhati. I spend about a week on the reserve working with a Park Manager. He is the one who clued me in about the stat. Hope this helps!

Oct 08, 2011
waterfall xallas in spain
by: Anonymous

waterfall xallas in spain falls in sea....only 4 days in the year

Aug 16, 2011
Waterfall Bay, Tasman Penn., Tasmania
by: Anonymous

Waterfall Bay on the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, has a waterfall that falls over a 300 foot cliff strait into the sea. The bay it is on is surrounded by 300 to 400 foot cliffs and features deep blue waters.

Aug 13, 2011
Waterfalls that drop into the ocean
by: Anonymous

Alamere Falls is another waterfall in California that drops into the Pacific. It's a beautiful fall that flows all year. The beach is lovely too, pretty secluded, only the occasional hiker looking at the falls. It's located near Bolinas, CA within Point Reyes National Park, Marin. There's free parking at the trailhead of the Palomarin trail and the falls are about 4 miles from the parking lot. Or you can camp at Wildcat Campsite and hike 2 miles along the beach.

Aug 07, 2011
Waterfalls that drop into the ocean
by: Anonymous

Alamere Falls in Northern California, USA is another waterfall that drops into the Pacific Ocean. Its near Point Reyes and Bolinas. There's free parking at the Palomarin trailhead and then from there a 4.2 mile hike from the parking lot to the falls. Also there's a campsite, Wildcat Beach, which is only 2 miles from the falls along the beach.

Jul 24, 2011
Waterfall into the sea - Angra dos Reis, Brazil
by: Anonymous

This is an intriguing topic. I've just found a video of one waterfall that drops directly into the sea, in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. Here's the link:

Mar 29, 2011
by: LJB Australia

There is one in Sydney as shown on

Also do all the waterfalls that fall into Milford Sound in NZ count??

Feb 14, 2011
by: bestofbengal

There are some small stream-ocean waterfalls along the southeastern Bangladeshi coast, particularly in Himchari and Cox's Bazaar.

Mar 27, 2010
Waterfall in Korea
by: Anonymous

Jeongbangpokpo Waterfall is the only water fall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. On the wall of the water fall, there is an inscription written Seobulgwacha, referring to Seobul passing by this place. Seobul was a servant of the Chinese Emperor Jin (BC 259~210) who was ordered by the Emperor to find the substance that would make him immortal. Seogwipo is also said to have gotten its name to mean Seobul headed back west.

Jeongbang Waterfall is situated by a high cliff by the sea, and an old evergreen stands there leaning back as if it would fall into the ocean. Go east for about 300 meters and you will see another waterfall called Sojeongbang Waterfall. It is a great place to relax during the summer. There is an observatory at the top of the cliff, from which you can command a fine view of the sea. Image/Jeju/Drama%20Tour/Jeongbang%20Falls1.JPG

Mar 12, 2010
7 to 9 waterfalls are droping directly into the ocean
by: Anonymous

Hi Rory, I have heared something similar in Antalya (Turkey). A Tour-Guide told me that there are 7 waterfalls in the world droping directly into the ocean, but I'm still not sure, because a friend of me think, that it would be nine.
Anyway, my target is it to see every of them and I visited already two of them:
Turkey: Antalya - Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall
Scotland: Island of Sky - Kilt Rock Waterfall
For the other 5 or 7 waterfalls I did some researches. There should be one in:
Cameroon: Kribi - Lobé waterfall
USA, California: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - McWay Creek waterfalls
Norway: Geirangerfjord
South Africa: There should be one near Durban
Iceland: This week I talked to Stefan Erdmann ( after his presentation about Iceland and he told me about three waterfalls dropping directly into the ocean on Iceland.
Please let me know if you have some more qualified informations about these waterfalls.

Mar 03, 2010
Dunn's River Falls - Jamaica
by: Anonymous

There's one in the Caribbean that was in the James Bond movie called Dunn's River Falls. It's a tourist attraction and not privately owned.

Nov 23, 2009
One in West Africa
by: Anonymous

Lobe waterfall - Kribi, Cameroon

Oct 02, 2009
7 waterfalls into the ocean
by: Paul

I was in Costa Rica in September 2009. I saw a waterfall that ran into the ocean. The people in the area says it is one of 7 waterfalls that empty directly into the ocean. It is a very small stream during the rainy season. I am sure when there is a lot of rain it is bigger. It is located south of Tambor Bay in the Golfo de Nicoya.

Jun 17, 2009
by: Anonymous

I see the problem. Thanks for your inputs. I have just come back from the Transkei Coastline (South Africa) and there are in fact two waterfalls that fall directly into the ocean. One of approximately 70 metres and the other around 100m. Truly wonderful. I think these are the only two in South Africa as it is the only spot on our long coastline that has such a dramatic cliff faces.

Jun 13, 2009
Ocean Waterfalls
by: Anonymous

There is another one that in the Caribbean (shown in the first James Bond movie) also, but as far as I know it is still privately owned!!!!!

Jun 12, 2009
Waterfalls into the sea
by: John "Caveman" Gray

By far the finest waterfalls coastline I have ever found is Ravilevu in Taveuni, Fiji, between Lavena Village and Salialevu. I started kayaking there in 1983 and ran over 20 expeditions down that coast before I moved to Thailand in 1989. I returned a couple of times since the Millennium, and was lucky enough to be at our beach camp in January 2001 for the real Millennium. It was raining so hard we couldn't get to Waivuso Falls so crazy as I am we kayaked down the stormy coast in the rain and got some great shots of several falls that fall directly into the sea. I know that at least three are legitimate falls because I've paddled under them on calmer days, but the storm day shots are really dramatic because of the volume of water. When I figure out how to post these waterfalls, please look at the trees on either side to get a perspective of their size.

Jun 12, 2009
No Definitive Answer
by: World of Waterfalls

Based on our experience with waterfalls, we've indeed spotted several that we think falls into this category. So just based on our sampling of what's out there, I suspect it's difficult to quantify exactly how many there are, and therefore no definitive answer exists.

For example, the ocean waterfalls that I can think of that we've seen are: Ketubjorg (Iceland), McWay Falls (California), Savulevu Yavonu Waterfall (Fiji), Waiulili Falls (Hawaii), etc.

Complicating this census is that some only truly fall right into the water at high tide while it may hit rocks or beach before rejoining the ocean at lower tides. There are also those that have experienced rockfalls thereby making the base of the waterfall splash on the rocks before joining the ocean (in this case, the falls is quite likely to have fallen directly into the ocean before the rocks started piling up).

Another issue is what defines an ocean boundary? You could have waterfalls falling into seas, bays, inlets, fjords, or sounds. They're bodies of water that join with the oceans so would waterfalls in this category count?

So you see, it's hard to come up with a tally because of ambiguities in definitions as well as the usual questions of what constitutes a legitimate waterfall.

Hope this sheds more light on the issue.

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