Yes indeed we saw some African wild life (zebras and giraffes) at an island just north of Busuanga Island. Years ago, Mr Marcos thought that it was fun to have a private safari park. Too bad: the next generation leaders of the Philippines didn't agree with that idea and so the place is sadly run down due to financial short comings. Caretakers and animals are suffering. But we enjoyed our short stay at the park and Marijke was double happy to spot many birds that were also using the park as a "safe heaven".
Saturday morning showed a weather window to make a 150 miles run North. The first part was pleasant sailing until night fall, by that time we were west of the passage between Luzon and Mindorro: Nasty waves and 25+ knots of wind,luckily on the beam so we were able to move along nicely. By midday Sunday we arrived here at the Bay.
14 degree 49.39N
120 degree 17.36E
Alishan found a box @ the Subic Bay Marina. The place is a left over from a USA naval base (they left in 1992).
Hmmm, the marina is falling apart, but ashore many good things are still to be found. Like clean wide roads, plenty of well stocked supermarkets etc etc and yes there's even some rain forest.
AND of course here we met up with so many old cruising friends, some we haven't seen since 1990! (that's why it took so long to write this update...)
Some boat projects are on the list, probably we will be here for 2 weeks or so...and let me tell you: it's nice to have plenty of fresh water again...Can you smell the difference?