Legends Series - Surf With Bob McTavish


Group - Surf Charter
Solo Travellers

The Perfection Pass Holders
Intermediate Waves

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Luxury Surf Trip



Board Type

Shortboarders, Longboarders



2018 Dates TBA - Enquire Today to find out more details

We all dream of surfing perfection in the tropics. The reality is we rarely get the chance to organise our mates let alone getting the opportunity to go with an absolute legend or icon of our sport/lifestyle. Come join us and surf and talk story with a legendary pioneering surfer, shaper and journeyman.

Bob McTavish is a household name. The original storyteller, short board revolution pioneer, shaper, stylist, comedian. Bob will share a lifetime of experience on your voyage. Bob shows no signs of slowing down, and will take you surfing daily.

It will sell out as there are only 14 spots aboard.

Quick Facts
    • 2018 Dates TBA - Enquire Today to find out more details
    • Share the boat with legendary Bob
    • Surf together, talk story
    • Luxury surf charter
    • 13 Crew for service
    • Jacuzzi on top deck
    • Diving & Fishing Available
    • 30ft Dhoni and 12 ft Tender
    • Expert surf guides
    • TPW service guarantee
    • TPW Surf Experience Manager

Sometimes in life certain opportunities present themselves that can not only change your life but, more importantly change the way you view it. One man we know that has the power to remind us all of the way every surfer should view life is Bob McTavish. A man that has lived more than a few lifetimes of amazing experiences in his life and knows a thing or two about the history of surfing and board technology. Credited with the first shortboard ever made, as well as discovering many iconic surf spots, Bob is truly a surfing pioneer. Well, here is an opportunity to hang out with Bob in the beautiful Maldives. Not only will you bask on the luxurious Carpe Vita surf charter, surfing some of the most perfect waves in Maldives, but you’ll be able to surf, hang out and talk story a legendary pioneer of our sport/lifestyle. Talk short board revolution, travel, industry, the 60’s, 70’s... you name it, Bob has a tale. Oh yeah and by the way Bob still rips and is pretty much a frothing grommet that will be pushing you to paddle out for another surf with him.

Surf and talk stories with a legendary pioneering surfer, shaper and journeyman.

Limited Availability - max 14 surfer spots

Carpe Vita surf charter - Maldives: Male and Central Atolls

2018 Dates TBA - Enquire Today to find out more details

We had Bob on Carpe Vita in 2013, 2015 and 2018 and the trips were an absolute success for all our clients, as well as Bob. Everybody got more than a fair share of waves and enjoyed living like a king on Carpe Vita.



Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are Suites (2), Superior rooms (2) and Standard rooms (6). All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, safety deposit boxes and TV screens with DVD players and their own private bathrooms. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins US type. 


The very spacious Suite cabins, are located at the upper deck. The cabins have king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds (39 inches), a flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player, desk/chair/dresser, two hanging closets, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with dual sink, bath tub and separate shower cubicle.


The Carpe Vita has two Superior cabins located on the main deck with king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds and desk/chair/dresser, hanging closet, large windows, private en-suite bathroom and shower cubicle.


A total of 6 Standard cabins are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. All cabins have one queen size bed and super single bed, desk/chair, dresser, private en-suite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.

Internet Connection

Wifi internet connection is available for $15/week. You can also arrange a Maldivian SIM card on arrival.

Music setup

In the lounge they have a stereo (where you can plug in with Stereo RCA) and up at the dining area there is a small stereo with a 2x3.5mm stereo cable so that anyone can plug in an iPhone/iPod.


  • One way domestic flight Male to Laamu
  • Airport transfers with meet & greet.
  • Luxury accommodation in air-conditioned cabins.
  • Full board - 3 meals daily.
  • Unlimited tea, instant/filtered coffee & mineral water.
  • 1 night fishing trip.
  • DVD & book libraries.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • 2 stand-up paddleboards.
  • BBQ on deserted island.
  • Local island visit.
  • 61 foot Dhoni (tender) for diving or surfing.
  • 15 ft Dinghy (tender).
  • Expert Australian Surf Experience Manager & Head guide
  • Expert local guide to assist the Head Guide
  • 2 x Dive masters (Dives and PADI certified courses cost extra)


*If your surf trip involves a Maldives domestic flight: The Perfect Wave cannot be held responsible for your surfboards arriving late (on the next domestic flight). If this happens, it’s due to weight restrictions on Maldivian domestic flights, which is out of our control.

  • Prices are a from price per person based on twin share in Standard Cabin. Deluxe and Suite cabins available for extra cost. 
  • Prices shown are based on exclusive charter with a minimum of 14 persons travelling.
  • Fuel Surcharge to Central Atolls applies.
  • International & Domestic Flights – The Perfect Wave is a fully licensed wholesale travel agent that has experienced consultants ready to package flights into your package.
  • Please make sure you get flights packaged into your quote as we get the best wholesale rates with Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines to Maldives.
  • Please click 'Enquire Here' to email us or call us to speak with one of our friendly surf experience specialists.
  • Domestic Flights to Maldives Outer Atolls are variable and subject to change without notice. For this reason do not book international flights into and departing Male until your Outer Atoll charter is confirmed and domestic flight schedule ticketed. Flight schedules are outside the control of TPW and the risk of changes remains with the traveller.

Deposits & Balance payments
All deposits are required to be paid before bookings will be processed and bookings are not confirmed until deposit has been received.

Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

Other Surf Experiences

Keith (May 2018)

Bob McTavish is a charming host and it was a real privilege to spend a few days in his company. The crew and quality of the food on board were brilliant. Would I do it all again? Yes, in a heartbeat. I can honestly say that it was one of the best weeks of my life.

Michael and Lauren (May 2017),

Hi Sylvia

Thanks for your note…  In summary, the trip was amazing, exceeding every expectation we had!

Everything worked well from a travel perspective and we caught up with the group on the flight to and in Male.  Brian James made everyone welcome and relaxed, before the next flight to meet the Carpe Vita in the southern atolls.

First night included meeting the crew and introductions plus all the info we needed to settle in onboard and get ready for the first surf the next morning.

Bob McTavish was a total gentleman and such a pleasure to meet.  His stories, his ability to bring the group together and willingness to be involved in all the activities was terrific.  His generosity with gifts each night was a highlight at dinner, with everyone receiving something special from Bob with a story behind everything.

Andy Potts took care of the photos and video, which was a relief as there is no way my photos were going to capture the moments like a pro can!

The crew looked after us well with lots of food and any other need we had, which was great.

Nine days went by very quickly, it was amazing spending all that time, initially with strangers, but now with very special friends in a perfect environment.

Most memorable for us was that we got engaged. I couldn’t think of anywhere more special to propose and will have very happy memories of the Carpe Vita and all on board at that time.

Thanks to everyone at the Perfect Wave for providing the opportunity on-board a beautiful boat, in a fantastic location for a bunch of likeminded people to experience the Maldives.


Michael and Lauren

Tracey (July 2015)
An absolutely wonderful experience, the vessel was superb, rooms were lovely, the food was outstanding but most importantly Brian James our surf guide found surf when there wasn't much swell. The guys got a tonne of waves and were very happy. Compliments to the chef (I bought his cookbook) and the captain. I believe there was a lot of value added in having Bob (McTavish) on the trip also, he is a legend and made the trip for us handing out prizes every night and getting everyone involved in everything. A wonderful honeymoon for us, a wonderful group of people on the boat, thank you, we look forward to trips in the future with Perfect Wave.

Rosario (July 2015)
I had the most wonderful time and caught what was for me some of the most awesome waves. Brian made sure that everyone was catered for. He was great and knew his stuff. Bob, what can I say about Bob? Humble, caring, considerate, very funny, great story teller, awesome surfer, down to earth, lovely man. Everyone else were great people too! We all just got on so easily.

I felt very welcome, relaxed and comfortable. I could go on and on about the boat, the food, snorkelling, surf and great company. We even had a few singalongs which were so fun! Brian recorded some which are pretty funny.

Please let me know when next year’s is on. I would love to do that all again. Thanks again for organising everything. It made it so easy.