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Bangui's Windmills and Burgos' Cape Bojeador Lighthouse & Kapurpurawan Rock Formation


Burgos & Bangui Ilocos Norte
Early morning at the eastern end of the Bangui Windmills. We had to climb up a sand dune to get to this spot. There are two other access points, one a little off center, where most tourists are dropped off because that's where the souvenir shops and eateries (like KangKang Windmill Cafe) are, and another at the western end. We saw a few kitesurfers gearing up so it looks like the sport is starting to pick up here (or has it already?), which gives people another reason to visit aside from the windmills, because the black 'n grey pebbly beach and strong lapping waves certainly do not look inviting for a swim. There's not much tree cover to retreat into and the place can get pretty hot so avoid checking out the windmills during the late morning to early afternoon hours if you're going to take the less beaten track of the eastern access point.
If you're coming from Saud Beach or Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, the Bangui Windmills are about 22 kilometers away and almost thrice that distance if you're coming from Laoag City.
The wind farm, located in the Municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte and officially known as the NorthWind Power Project, is comprised of  20 windmills, each 70 meters high, laid out in a single row along the  shore of Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea. The clean wind energy produces 33 megawatts providing 40% of the power needs of Ilocos Norte.
Source: Wikipedia and WikiPilipinas

Windmills of Bangui Ilocos Norte
The windmills a few more minutes into the morning. Locals are out picking shells and those guys in the pumpboats have that everyday commuting look, like they're standing on a bus or train to work.


Windmills of Bangui Ilocos Norte
The boat, the windmill and the moon.

Windmills of Bangui Ilocos Norte
Windmills against the sun.

Windmills of Bangui Ilocos Norte
A close-up of the giant.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Burgos Ilocos Norte
About 10 highway kilometers from the Bangui Windmills and then another 4 kilometers down a real dusty dirt road to the rocky and distinctly sculpted outcrop known as the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation on the coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Kapurpurawan is Ilocano for "whiteness" hence the name for the smooth and white limestone formations formed by ages of stong winds other weathering elements.
Source: Wikipedia

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Burgos Ilocos Norte
The western faces are roped off to ward vandals, which we sadly understand, but the eastern faces aren't, which we sadly do not understand, so that's where you go if you want to scrabble up the formation. You might notice a few obviously man-made cave-like structures scattered on the periphery that try to mimic the limestone surface's color and texture. We were told they were built as part of a movie set and were never taken down. Dilapidated and wanting for maintenance, they've become a blight on what's otherwise a very nice place to visit. 


Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Burgos Ilocos Norte
Fishing. This guy was under the noon sun for a very long time. The landmass in the background is Pagudpud, the side of Saud Beach.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Burgos Ilocos Norte
The western face of the rock formation.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Burgos Ilocos Norte
Another 10 kilometers south from Kapurpurawan and we're at the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse aka the Burgos Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Burgos Ilocos Norte
Built high on a hill overlooking Cape Bojeador since galleon times on March 30, 1892 - it is still functioning, albeit via solar power, as a nautical guide. 
Source: Wikipedia

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Burgos Ilocos Norte
We had to time this shot to get a photo with as little human clutter as possible. The place was teeming with visitors and the road up the lighthouse was lined with knots of parked vehicles.

Burgos & Bangui Ilocos Norte
Taking the western access point we're now back at the Bangui Windmills. This couple was having their pre-nuptial photos taken amid the windmills.

Burgos & Bangui Ilocos Norte
The mini-windmills of Bangui. Collectively they provide 1 watt a year for the power needs of Ilocos Norte. It's the thought that counts.

If you're in Pagudpud and a tricycle driver offers you the southern tour, the Windmills, Kapurpurawan and the Lighthouse are basically the itinerary points of that tour. As of this writing, the standard rate is 600 pesos, which is a very good deal. However, tricycle drivers from Burgos and Bangui, where the attractions are located (and without any entrance fees), have recognized that they're almost not getting any of the tour pie, since tourists are almost all the time based and bunked in Pagudpud. A sharing system is being threshed out, hopefully as friction-free and as equitable as possible.