Sanana (earlier name Xulla Besi ) is an island, part of Sula Islands which is part of Maluku Islands in Indonesia. It is also the name of that island''s largest settlement, home to the Dutch era fort Benteng De Verlachting.
Men and children on the beach (1930-1936)
Fort de Verwachtingh (nl) in 1921
Sanana is located at 2°12′00″S 125°55′00″E / 2.2°S 125.916667°E / -2.2; 125.916667Coordinates: 2°12′00″S 125°55′00″E / 2.2°S 125.916667°E / -2.2; 125.916667, south of Mangole Island. The area of the island is 558 km².
Sanana airport is linked to Ternate and Ambon by Trigana Air Service flights.
As was common throughout Maluku at that time, Sanana suffered serious religio-ethnic tensions between Muslims and Christians during 1999.