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You've probably heard of Niagara Falls, or Victoria Falls, but what about some other more hidden and secluded waterfalls from around the world? Depending on your own definitions of 'hidden' and 'secluded', it sometimes matters how far you are willing to trek to escape from crowds of tourists to reach some of these stunning waterfalls. Yet no matter if you are up for a challenging hike or not, or would prefer a more leisurely route, all these waterfalls don't fail on delivering that wow factor!
Havasu Falls, Arizona
Havasu Falls can be found in Havasu Creek, hidden in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In a location considered to be sacred by the remote community within the Havasupai Reservation, the bright blue falls are stunning in contrast with the deep-red canyon walls. The tribe's name can actually be translated as the 'people of the blue-green waters', this breath-taking hue achieved from the high concentration of minerals in the fresh-water. If it was a touch more accessible, there would be hoards of tourists gathering here, yet the 10 mile trek each way is a little off putting to most.
Tinago Falls, Philippines
Tinago in Fillipno actually means 'hidden'. The Tinago Falls in Iligan - fondly called the 'city of majestic waterfalls' - on the island of Mindannao has earned its name thanks to its superb location hidden in a deep ravine that can only be accessed by a 500-step climb. The brilliant deep blue-natural pool is ideal for swimming or floating on a bamboo raft right next to the cascading falls. The calming sound of the waters echoing in a small cavern concealed behind the falls also draws many tourists here.
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
The Fairy Pools are multiple waterfalls, vibrant blue and green in colour, at the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye. The water can be freezing here in the Scottish highlands, but the crystal clear pools are perfect for wild water swimming - you must try it if you're brave enough! If you would prefer to stay dry and warm, the Fairy Pools offer plenty of fabulous photo opportunities on the 40 minute walk that takes you around to see all the stunning sights.
Huka Falls, New Zealand
The Huka Falls are undeniably one of New Zealand's most spectacular sights. Just upstream from Haku Falls, the Waikato River narrows from approximately 100 metres across to just 15 metres of hard volcanic rock. The previously calm and placid waters crash and churn dramatically and at a great speed through the ravine until plunging 11 metres into a pool below - this drop is what is known as Haku Falls. A foot bridge spanning the top of the falls offers you the best and safest spot to admire the powerful glacial-blue waters. If you'd like to see up close the power and beauty of the falls up close, then hop onto an exhilarating jet cruise ride or a more leisurely river cruise.
Kuang Si Falls, Laos
These beautifully turquoise falls are a hit with tourist and local alike in Laos. Its inviting pools are a great way to escape from the Laotian heat and cool off. If you are wanting to have a relaxing swim here, make sure you arrive before 10am as the pools can quickly become crowded. If you're willing to go off the beaten path, leave the lower pools behind to hike up trails to more hidden and secluded forested spots. The hike is only 15 minutes, but the terrain can get a bit tricky at spots and the stairs can be slippery. However, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Laotian countryside and have several pools to yourself - it's particularly spectacular on a clear, sunny day! It's important to note that there is a visitation fee charged by the locals that goes towards the general upkeep of the stairs on all the trails surrounding the falls but to see these remarkable blue pools and falls in Laos is worth every penny!