Facing the South China Sea are the perfectly built windmills of Bangui Ilocos Norte. The windmills are arranged on a single line along a 9 kilometer shoreline.The wind farm is created to supply electricity to the province. Thus, the windmills are not only beautiful to look at; they are also useful and environmental tools used to supply electricity. All in all, the wind farm has 15 wind turbines.
I didn’t know that the wind on the seashore of Bangui is really that strong. I felt that I would be carried by the wind when I went there. I think it’s the most windy place in the Philippines.
There are also piles of sand which they call sand dunes and I call it a mini-dessert. I guess it’s okay to call it a mini-dessert since there are also cactus that have grown there.
All of the windmills are 70 meters (230 feet) in height; they are the largest in South East Asia. The windmills are really big that every time I go near to one of those, I’m scared that it might fall on me. I’m just thankful that they are firmly built.
The beach view is also nice even if the sand is not really white and powdery. Even if the sand was white and powdery like in Boracay, I guess no one would think of swimming there because of the strong wind and the big waves.
If you want to carry a piece of the Bangui wind farm with you, there are souvenir shops on the seashore as well. They sell small versions of windmills. The price is usually 100 pesos for three small wind mills. For the bigger souvenir items, price starts from 100 pesos each.
How to Get There
From Laoag, take the Laoag to Cagayan bus route towards Burgos. When you get to Burgos, look for the sign on the left side of the road that leads to the windmills. The blades are visible from the highway so it won’t be hard for you to look for the sign. Just ask the bus driver that you’re headed to Bangui Bay so he could assist you find your way.