First Landing Resort Fiji

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View from the little "foot" island

Just a 20-minute drive from Nadi Airport, First Landing feels like a tropical getaway without the pretentiousness of Denarau Island.

We only planned on staying in Fiji for one day this trip, so we wanted to optimize our time. This meant we couldn’t pick a far-off hotel like the Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbor, but we didn’t want to stay in the cookie-cutter resorts at Denarau Island.

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The humble entrance to First Landing Resort.

This open-air resort blends lush tropical landscapes with ample covered seating within the grounds.

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Hallway to reception.
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Gorgeous landscaping with choices of seating throughout the resort.
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View of “left foot” island at high tide.
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Path in front of the ocean front rooms (301 -302).
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“Garden View” rooms.
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Relaxing is easy in this tropical paradise!


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Screened in patios for our connected oceanfront accommodations.

We stayed in Spa bure 302 & 303 with ocean beach fronts. The rooms had screened-in patios, were clean, had air conditioning, and comfortable beds. They are not luxury accommodations, but still comfortable.

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The room has a queen bed with a convertible sofa twin sleeper.

We had a small problem with ants in our bed and alerted the staff to the problem. We didn’t want them spraying poison throughout our room, so we dealt with it on our own.

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We opened up the divider between the porches.
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Bathroom sink and vanity… and curtains that don’t close all the way.
We are not used to having an open shower next to the toilet. Even more awkward, having the mirror directly across from the shower.
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The tile around the spa tub has seen better days.


First Landing Resort offers daily activities to participate in if you choose. There are a few boards around the property with daily schedules posted.

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Day activity list in the lobby at the First Landing Resort in Fiji.
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Activities Shack at the First Landing Resort conveniently located on the beachfront.


Kayaks and life jackets are waiting to be used off of First Landing’s white sandy beach.

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The beach at First Landing Resort in Fiji.
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While strolling along the beach, we encountered different wildlife. There were plenty of birds, crabs, and sea stars.

Kayaking between the “left foot island” and Mangrove trees was a lot of fun. It was so relaxing with the warm water and gentle waves.

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Paddling around in front of the resort beach.
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Exploring the local mangroves.

Palm Weaving

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Mariam is First Landing’s guest relations coordinator. She is attentive and filled our time with fun activities, even taught us some local Fijian slang.

Mariam patiently taught us how to weave palm fronds into a bag. Some of us had an easier time than the others, but eventually, we all made bags and “sunglasses”.

Volleyball With Locals

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Playing volleyball with the staff was a great way to connect with the locals.
Fijian locals volleyball

The daytime staff gets together to play volleyball while waiting for their evening bus. Our boys had fun playing with the locals, but it was an uneven match.


The main pool located on the grounds has beautiful surroundings and is very clean. A freshwater shower is available to rinse off before or after swimming.

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We enjoyed some time splashing around in the pool.

Restaurant / Bar

Overall the food was adequate.

Complementary Breakfast at Mai Kana

Breakfast was a continental breakfast that consisted of fruits, yogurt, a few kinds of cereal, simple pastries, juices, and coffee. An option to upgrade to a hot breakfast was available for a small price.

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Fresh fruit and yogurt
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Pastries and breakfast cereals

Lunch at Nalamu Bar

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First Landing Resort’s Nalamu Bar.

We ordered two large pizzas, drinks, and potato wedges at the bar. The pizzas were huge and were very delicious.

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chicken tikka masala pizza
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Potato wedges ordered at the bar.

Dinner at Mai Kana

The atmosphere for dinner was picture perfect. Sitting outside during the sunset among beautiful gardens next to the beach, and a live Fijian band playing island classics was a great way to end our day.

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Dinner at Mai Kana. Feasting on seafood platters and fresh coconuts.

We ordered two seafood platters with an assortment to choose from. The oysters and lobsters were absolutely delicious. There was also fish, shrimp, and ceviche.

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Drinking fresh coconut water on a Fijian island.

Bula Vinaka, First Landing Resort

Though our visit was short, we made the most of our time at the First Landing Resort. We enjoyed the facilities, beautiful views, and friendly Fijian staff.

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First Landing Resort in Fiji, lit up at night.
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  • When booking online, clearly articulate if you need to arrange a shuttle. Confirm any details with them before you arrive.
  • Take advantage of the activities the resort provides.
  • Pack bug spray; There are mosquitos out in the evening.