Saanapu is a tribe from Australian Survivor (2016). Their tribe color is blue.
Saanapu started off well after winning the opening Reward Challenge, where they won fire for their camp. However, this reward almost resulted in an early medical emergency after Conner burnt his hands handling the fire. Brooke and Flick quickly became a close pair and brought Conner into their budding alliance along with Sam and Matt.
Saanapu lost their first challenge at the Day 5 Immunity Challenge, at which point Peter announced to the tribe that he would wish to be voted out due to sickness. However, plans changed when the majority alliance decided to blindside Bianca instead at Tribal Council for playing too aggressively. Peter would eventually quit the game five days later.
On Day 12, the tribe would attend a Double Tribal Council with Vavau after losing the Immunity Challenge. Kylie found a Hidden Immunity Idol and displayed it at Tribal Council in an attempt to divert the vote away from her. Conner began to suspect that Flick was double-dealing and plotted with Sam and Matt to split up what was becoming a potentially dangerous pairing with Brooke. He eventually called her out at Tribal Council in an attempt to turn the rest of the tribe against Flick, but instead it caused Matt to turn on him causing the vote to become deadlocked after a tie. It was then revealed that it was a fake vote-out with the person voted out actually being swapped to the other tribe. Feeling remorseful for causing trouble earlier that night, Conner volunteered to swap to Vavau in order to avoid a rock draw and took Sam with him. In his place, Nick joined from Vavau bringing Tegan with him.
The new Saanapu would go back to Tribal Council on Day 16, where Kylie played her idol. This helped her avoid the revote in an otherwise 2-2-2 vote with Nick and Tegan. Tegan was voted out on the revote due to Nick's willingness to help the tribe and an impressive challenge performance despite their loss.
On Day 19, Saanapu would win a challenge that gave them the privilege to pick four new members from the other two tribes. They picked Lee and El from Aganoa and former member Sam for their challenge strength, and Jennah-Louise from Vavau as an easy boot in the event they had to attend Tribal Council. On Day 29, Saanapu was allowed to send one member to eavesdrop on Vavau's Tribal Council. Brooke attended, and it was later revealed that night that she would decide which Vavau member Saanapu would kidnap. She chose Sue as a potential easy boot.
The post-swap game became very one-sided due to Saanapu's dominance in the challenges, succeeding in winning every single one until the merge, resulting in the tribe having a vast 10-3 majority.
- Saanapu currently holds the record for most challenge wins at 18.
- Every member of the jury was on the Day 29 Saanapu tribe.