In the 1930s several large waterfalls were discovered in Guyana from airplane. One of the most beautiful discoveries was Marina Fall – approximately 152 m tall waterfall of "bridal veil" type, with two drops.

This waterfall is located some 20 km to the north from the much more popular Kaieteur waterfall. It is rarely visited – mostly by diamond miners: first diamonds in Ipobe were found in the 1920s.

Waterfall was discovered on November 29, 1934, from an airplane by American and Canadian expedition.

This area does not have indigenous population – thus the newly discovered geographical features did not have indigenous names and new names had to be invented. Somehow the waterfalls in Guyana were named after the British Royal Family members.

Geologist H. Bracewell proposed to name the newly discovered "bridal veil" after Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark – she was going to marry Prince George. Princess was introduced to this idea on her wedding day and, of course, agreed.

Marina Fall on Ipobe is included in the following lists:

Map of 10 major waterfalls in Guyana
Waterfalls of Guyana, map
Waterfalls of Guyana


  1. New Fall on the Semang River in British Guiana. The Geographical Journal, Vol. 88., No 3 (Sep., 1936). Accessed on 25 March 2012
  2. Marina Falls, World Waterfall Database. Accessed on 25 March 2012
Marina Fall on Ipobe on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates:5.3735 N 59.4822 W (possible location)
Values:Geology, Visual
Rating:2.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located?South America, Guyana, Potaro-Siparuni, Ipobe River
Alternate names:Princess Marina Fall
Height:152 m
Width:some metres

Landmarks of Guyana

Georgetown Cathedral in Guyana, interior
Georgetown Cathedral, interior / Ian Mackenzie, / CC BY 2.0
In future Guyana may bring many positive surprises – this country is little explored and may hide unique natural monuments unknown to the people. For most part Guyana consists of unspoilt nature – wast expanses of tropical forests, savannah, mountains.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, / public domain
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

Recommended books

Navigators Travel to Guyana

Navigators Travel to Guyana is the follow up to Navigators Travel to Barbados written by Howard Liverpool. This time our intrepid explorers travel to Guyana and learn about the history and geography of the country. They also sample some of the local cuisine and have a scary encounter with a ram sheep.

Natural Wonders of the World

From the Rocky Mountains to the Great barrier Reef and everything in between, Natural Wonders of the World combines breathtaking landscape photography and illustrations with 3-D terrain models and other explanatory artworks to reveal what lies beneath the surface and explain the geological processes to show how the features were formed. Plants and animals that inhabit each environment are also included, making Natural Wonders of the World a complete celebration of our world.

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