After spending three days and two nights in Calayan Island, I planned to have a side tour in some tourist destinations in Ilocos. I departed from the island around 8am then arrived in Claveria by 1pm. My plan was to visit the windmills of Bangui in Ilocos Norte. Bangui is one of the 21 municipalities of Ilocos Norte which is situated in the coastal area of the province. The place is famous because of the windmills that supplies electricity throughout the province and eventually became a tourist attraction.
How to get to Bangui, Ilocos Norte
From Manila, you can either ride a bus bound for Ilocos, Junction Luna or Claveria. The province is located in Ilocos Norte and most of the bus going to Cagayan usually passes by the municipality.
From Claveria, I just waited for the Florida bus along the highway bound for Manila. There are no other route going to Bangui so it won’t be difficult to locate. You just need to inform the bus driver that you are going to the windmills and they already know where to drop you off. From Claveria, it takes for about 2-3 hours going to Bangui.
A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location used to produce electricity. A large wind farm may consist of several hundred individual wind turbines and cover an extended area of hundreds of square miles, but the land between the turbines may be used for agricultural or other purposes. A wind farm can also be located offshore. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_farm
The wind farm is divided into 2 phases. Phase 1 is consisting of 15 wind mills located in the coastal area of Bangui capable of producing electricity up to a maximum capacity of 1.65 MW, for a total of 24.75 MW. While Phase II with additional of 5 windmills which was completed in 2008. The purpose of the windmills constructed near the shores of Bangui Bay because of the wind intensity is much stronger which coverts to electric energy.
The windmills became an attraction and most of the tourists visit the site because of astonishing bay view with the mills as your background. The windmills are constructed near the shore but swimming is not allowed due to series of drowning incidents in the past. You really do not need to spend a lot time in the area. You can just have your lunch since there are already restaurants in the area, have your photo ops and buy souvenir items then you can go proceed in your next destination.
- Bus Fare (Claveria to Bangui) – php 200
- Tricyle Fare – php 100 (good for 4)