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Rotuma on Geologist’s Bucketlist

At 71 years of age, Geoff Taylor still looks young. The Savusavu businessman is a an internationally regarded exploration geologist majoring in marine and economic geology at Macquarie University in
25 May 2021 11:30
Rotuma on Geologist’s Bucketlist
Savusavu businessman Geoff Taylor at the Copra Shed Marina, Savusavu and the Natural fresh water swimming hole in Lopta, Rotuma.

At 71 years of age, Geoff Taylor still looks young.

The Savusavu businessman is a an internationally regarded exploration geologist majoring in marine and economic geology at Macquarie University in Australia.

He has a Masters on mineral deposits in Fiji from London University.

He says when he is in the bush: “I’m at one with the environment, living in a city sets you apart with little chance of understanding how nature and the landscape work together.”

He is married to Sherron Whippy and had four children born in Savusavu.

He has prospected in the remote areas all over Fiji, most of the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, South America, Mexico, Japan, Spain and Ireland.

 

What’s The Best Part Of Being A Geologist?
To unravel the history of the rocks and reveal the climatic conditions of the area that occurred during their time of deposition.

The thrill of discovering gold and then panning up the creeks to locate its source.

 

How Many Places Have You Visited Around Fiji?
Most of the remote areas in Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Yasawa, Kadavu and Lau.

 

What Is The One Place In Fiji You Would Take Visitors To, And Why?
Vanuabalavu and Fulaga islands in Lau.

Guests on the MV Reef Endeavour get to enjoy a hive of activities as part of the tour, including water sports such as kayaking.

Guests on the MV Reef Endeavour get to enjoy a hive of activities as part of the tour, including water sports such as kayaking.

 

What Is Your Favourite Place For Coffee/Pie, And Why?
The Ginger Kitchen at the museum in Suva.

The surroundings remind me of the beauty of the bush, just need to add a waterfall.

Captain’s Café at the Copra Shed in Savusavu.

Full breakfast and a flat white on the bay.

 

 

What Is Your Favourite Backyard Spot, And Why?
Rava Beach, Nukubalavu road, Savusavu, next door to home.

 

What Is One Place In Fiji That Remains On Your Bucket List, And Why?
Rotuma to see the extinct volcanoes and eat taro.

A coastal section of Rotuma.

A coastal section of Rotuma.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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