In this paper, the experimental results based on focused wave interactions with a cylinder are reported. The focused waves are generated based on the second order wavemaker theory. The pressure time history measured at various locations on the cylinder in the experiments are compared with the numerical model based on weakly coupling of FNPT and commercial NS solver. After validating the numerical model, the pressure characteristics and the vortex shedding around the cylinder due to the steep wave interactions are discussed and reported. Copyright © 2014 by the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE).