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Railroads, Calderas, Orchid Farms: Jensen’s Travel List

An advantage about being a geologist is the places it takes you, says Eric Jensen, general manager exploration, of EMX Royalty Corporation. EMX Royalty Corporation is a Canadian company that specialises in precious, base and battery metals royalty. It operates as a royalty and prospect generator engaged in the exploring for, and generating royalties from, metals and minerals properties.
05 Apr 2022 09:00
Railroads, Calderas, Orchid Farms: Jensen’s Travel List
EMX Royalty Corporation general manager – exploration, Eric Jensen (left) with geologist Jeffrey Edelen, in Vuda, in March, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

An advantage about being a geologist is the places it takes you, says Eric Jensen, general manager exploration, of EMX Royalty Corporation.

EMX Royalty Corporation is a Canadian company that specialises in precious, base and battery metals royalty.

It operates as a royalty and prospect generator engaged in the exploring for, and generating royalties from, metals and minerals properties.

 

Mr Jensen was in the country on the invitation of Lion One, for its Tuvatu alkaline gold project, in Sabeto.

Lion One is the second gold mine in Fiji, which operates in the Sleeping Giant.

Mr Jensen’s job is to facilitate mineral discoveries around the world, in order to build value for shareholders.

 

“One of the nice things about our job is that we travel to places like Tuvatu,” Mr Jensen said.

“We don’t just go to the capital, or the big cities.”

“We go to the towns, to Tuvatu, to places that tourists otherwise never would go.”

 

“We get to see parts of the society that arenot visible to an average tourist.”

“And that’s fun, because we get to interact with people who aren’t part of the tourism sector.’

“We get to really see what a country is like.”

 

“You don’t see that very often; that’s very unusual.”

“This is different; you don’t often see this.”

The modern fleet of national airline Fiji Airways was another bonus to visit Fiji, he said.

 

Nadarivatu

Nadarivatu

What are some favourite places in Fiji you would take friends to?
My favourite part of Fiji is in the interior, the volcanic environment.

Hiking up there is very beautiful; it’s fun.

Not a lot of people get to go up there.

In 2000, I was in Vatukoula; we hiked.

 

Another favourite about Fiji is the sugarcane trains.

I was fascinated by those railroads, for their uniqueness.

 

Flavio an Italian restaurant at Narewa Road, Nadi.

Flavio an Italian restaurant at Narewa Road, Nadi.

What Is Your Favourite Spot For A Coffee Or Pie?
Flavio’s is an Italian restaurant at Narewa Road, Nadi.

We’ve only eaten at a few places, but Flavio’s was awesome, incredible.

It is a gourmet grocery store and cafe, with excellent wines and cheeses.

 

An aerial view of the Vatukoula Gold Mines Limited on November 2, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord.

An aerial view of the Vatukoula Gold Mines Limited on November 2, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord.

What Is Your Favourite Backyard Spot?
The mines.

The caldera at Vatukoula was fascinating.

I love geology.

Tuvatu is now recognised as a separate caldera; I like that.

I like hiking around calderas.

 

Cooking by the sea at Udu Point, in Vanua Levu.

Cooking by the sea at Udu Point, in Vanua Levu.

What’s One Place In Fiji That Is On Your Bucket List?
Udu, in Macuata, Vanua Levu.

It is described as being absolutely beautiful, and a place with a rich history.

The orchid farms in Sabeto is also of interest.

 

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