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  • Jaws
    Trevor A
    5 May 11, 2014

    The most famous big wave tow in surfing spot in the world. I've seen guys surfing on 50 foot faces here. Insane!

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    Kevin E
    5 Feb 21, 2014

    This is home of Big Surf during the winter months. It is a short drive of 15 min. from Kihei. Bring a snack, park the car and sit. The surfers and waves are mesmerizing!

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    Yen Phan
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    3 Oct 17, 2013

    “Jaws” is on the North Shore at Peahi, an obscure location down a dirt road close to the towns of Pa’ia and Haiku. Only the best pro surfers would dare surf those waves over 25 feet high. We started driving past Pa’ia and veered off this dirt road from a pineapple plantation. As we were driving on the road, it got bumpy and rocky. We saw some trucks that passed us with people sitting on the back. It looked like fun, hot girls in bikinis on the back of the truck. It also reminds me of Jason Mraz’s song I’m Yours. We saw a lot of junk cars on the side of the road and people on the van were saying, “this is why people don’t keep driving on this road.” So the van keeps driving down this dirt road and Andrea, our Italian tour guide, was like “keep going, keep going”, it was hilarious. The road got more narrow and then other cars kept coming in the other direction. We were almost there and then this truck 2 cars ahead just blocks the road. We were anxious and some of the guys on the van was gonna get out and push it off the cliff. Too crazy. We hopped off and headed to the cliffside to see the famous “Jaws”.

    The waves are not for experienced surfers, only the best of the best pros would dare surf it. And then you’d need a friend who has a jetski out there with you. There were a dozen or so people out there watching. Some sat on top of vans and trucks to get a higher view. Only one surfer and jetski was out there. There were more earlier in the morning but I guess they were done. The waves weren’t as high as we thought, 25 feet or so instead of the 50+ we were hoping for. It was awesome to see it, but we were pretty high up in view to get the full magnitude of it.

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    Travis Katz
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    5 Aug 09, 2013

    When Jaws is going off, it is a sight to behold - one of the biggest waves in the world. But be warned - it is not easy to get to - the viewing spot is across a pineapple field about 1 1/2 miles from the main road. Best option is to park on the main road and either walk or hitch a ride - otherwise, you may get stuck. Most days there is nothing to see here, but when the right swell hits, the best big wave surfers in the world show up, followed by camera crews in helicopters, and half the island shows up to watch. Worth the hassle.

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    Kristen Pieszko
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    3 Jul 10, 2013

    So the only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because I have not been to Peahi when the big wave has hit! I am dying to see Jaws so I scoped out how to get there so I know how when it is active and because it is a little tricky to get to. Make sure you have an SUV because there's definitely some off roading invovled!

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  • Jaws
    Randy and Julie
    5 Jun 03, 2013

    Near Haiku is an overlook/parking area to watch world class surfers ride huge waves. Check out the news to see when "surfs up"! and head over to check out these amazing athletes.

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    Paul G
    5 May 28, 2013

    Best spectator sport in Maui- amazing human feat to see these brave men and women paddle in or tow in surf to these huge waves- we saw 30 foot faces this winter. The crowd cheering is thrilling

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    Kent K
    5 May 27, 2013

    World Famous JAWS, past Paia this has the biggest waves in the world. Winter is the best time to visit JAWS

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    Innovar Homes
    5 May 25, 2013

    If you hear high surf advisories on the radio, ask at your local surf shop . . . Jaws may be breaking! Enjoy watching the pro surfers!

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    Julie Ybarra
    3 Jul 26, 2012

    It's a long way through the pineapple fields to get there, but you may be able to park your car at the top and jump in the back of a pick-up to get down to the cliff where you can see the surfers. The waves are crazy. The whole scene is wild, with the helicopters filming and the jet skis picking up the guys who have surfed. Meanwhile, you can hang out on a beach chair with a cold drink and watch as they risk their lives.

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    Kelly Lees
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    One of the tallest surf breaks in the world reaching 70 feet. When jaws is running high all the surfers on the North Shore will flock to the cliffs to see who dares to brave this monstrous wave.

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    Edward Lees
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Amazing day out. Drive down the dirt track and perch on the cliff overlooking the break. What a wave! Ask a local when it is breaking or look in the sky for the helicopters.

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    Zachary Cassady-Dorion
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Get up north if the waves are big to see Jaws. You are in luck, the humpback whales are 'in town' as well and then best place to see them is in Maui. Also, the drive to Hana is pretty amazing. Spend plenty of time doing it and get a book that shows you where the 7 hidden pools are along the way. Have a great time. Aloha.

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    Ingrid Katz
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    if the waves are big, a must to watch the surfers on one of the bigest waves in the world from the cliffs. Very spectacular!

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  • Jaws
    Rosanna S
    5 Jul 29, 2013

    Monster waves in Maui.

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    Robert C
    5 May 28, 2013

    Hard to get to, but what huge waves!!!!

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    Lucy S
    5 May 28, 2013

    Take your camera, beautiful!

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    5 May 25, 2013
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    Jeff S
    4 May 23, 2013
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    Veronica P
    4 May 07, 2013

    It's worth the trek to see those once in a lifetime huge waves.

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4.5 out of 5
24 member's reviews
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One of the most famous big wave surf breaks in the world, Jaws is a sight to behold. Popularized in movies like "Riding Giants" and "Step Into Liquid," Jaws has become one of the leading destinations for tow-in surfing (where surfers are towed in by partners on jet skis). The wave itself is only viewable under the right conditions, namely a large north swell, and when Jaws is "going off" the ... read more
island starts buzzing. There is no beach at Jaws, and the only view point is on the cliffs at the end of a rolling sugar cane field, the entrance to which is in Haiku, between mile markers 13 and 14 along the Hana Highway. When Jaws is breaking, you will know it by the hordes of traffic parked along the roads at the entrance. A few words of wisdom: 1. The road, field and viewing point in all on private property, so be respectful. 2. The road in can be muddy and potholed, so is not suitable for all vehicle types. 3. If you do drive in, be prepared to spend a long time there - people may park behind you and you will be stuck until you are ready to leave. That said, watching the surfers ride the giants is breathtaking and not to be missed.

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