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Visiting the Wind Turbines of Nabas Dec 16, 2016

Visiting the Wind Turbines of Nabas

GPS waypoint: 11°52'43.55"N, 121°59'10.33"E
Location: Pawa (barangay), Malay (municipality), Aklan (province), Philippines

One of the most imposing presence in Nabas are the 18 wind turbines in Pawa - with 7 more to go, completing an array of 25 gigantic wind turbines lined-up along a mountain ridge. Getting to it up close is a steep ascent on a motorcycle where the fog drapes the scenery at a temperature cold enough to chill a beer.

Wind turbines produce green energy. Unlike fossil-based fuel that rape the planet to mine and then pollute the air with its emissions, green energy is clean and does not produce green house gases. And yes, no fuel cost because the wind is free!

Wind turbines do produce noise from the way the blades slice through the air. For some people, it's an eye sore given its monstrosity. Birds do fly into the blades and die. By the time wind energy becomes electrical energy, only 59% is left for use - thus it's not that efficient.

Visiting the Wind Turbines of Nabas
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Getting There
Even though the wind turbines are in Nabas, it's still closer to Caticlan than it is from the town proper of Nabas. It's a short 15-min tricycle ride from Caticlan to the Unidos bridge junction (P15). From there, take a habal-habal all the way to the top (P70 one-way, 15 mins). Explore the top on foot.

Up close, these P4.5 billion wind turbines are a colossal monstrosity! Monolithically towering at 78 meters with a propeler span of about 40 meters per blade, they look surreal and alien. Each structure delivers 2 megawatts.

Honeymoon Getaway
Perhaps because of the sporadic rains, the fog draping the mountain ridges are thick with cold air coming from the northeast (Amihan). If there was lodging in the place, it would make a perfect honeymoon getaway - the view, the cold weather, the fog...all lend themselves to hugs and cuddles. Too bad I was alone :(

Walking it Back
I could have waited for a motorcycle. But it felt good to walk back. The cold air and the descent made the walk effortless. The view of the sea as the road opens up is something uplifting.

Ending Thoughts
The wind turbines are quite an experience. It's not too expensive (P140 2-way habal-habal ride). It felt relaxing being up there, perhaps because of the solitude and the slow cadence of the turbine blades producing a gentle swishing sound. It seems to put a paced rhythm to the area. This place is worth a visit.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Kalibo, Aklan

from the highway junction, the wind turbines in Pawa are still 5kms up the mountain for the most part, it was a dirt ride up on a habal-habal the first glimpse of the wind turbines on the horizon they got bigger and taller as we drew near
it was cold, windy and raining at times fog draped the landscape do you see the tall wind turbine behind me? a second ago, it was still there! see how strong the wind was...and how this colossal turbine dwarded the tallest coconut trees
taking shelter from a shed I went inside this restricted property. By the time the guards got to me, I already took the close up pictures I wanted on the other side away from the sea are the mountains the turbines lined-up as far as the eye could foggy conditions :)
a conversation with the alleged owner of the land at times the wind would push the fog away revealing a clearing from the sky from a high ground, the Pawa barangay could be seen this is surreal - dark skies above, a sunny clearing revealing the sea and nearby island, then the foreboding mountain on the foreground
the muted silence and the poetic landscape paints a stoic picture even on high ground, the turbine loomed big and large a rest shack...soon to be operational maybe 7 people can hold hands and wrap themselves around the base
the fog conceals the background the fog cleared revealing 3 turbines around the bend is another turbine a mountain pass showing more of the water
like the Colossus of Rhodes, the lone turbine stands vanguard overlooking the sea the open road drops exposing the sea view reaching Unidos Barangay on foot, I pass by the community graveyard at the heart of Unidos Barangay

Wind Turbine FYI / Tips

  • it's cold up there - bring warm covering
  • no food or resto (as of this writing) so bring your own food unless you trek to the Pawa barangay
  • no hotel or lodging
  • you may like to let the habal-habal driver wait so you have a guaranteed ride back
  • if you like long pleasant walks, walk it back from the turbine to the Unidos bridge. The view and the cool climate makes it worth it

How to get to the Wind Turbine

  • from Nabas town proper - on the main road, take a Ceres bus or jeep going to Caticlan and get off at the Unidos bridge (~P20, 25 mins). From that junction, take a habal-habal motorcycle ride all the way to the top (P70 one-way, 15 mins)
  • from Boracay - take the ferry back to Caticlan. Board a jeep, tricycle or bus towards Iloilo and get off at the Unidos bridge (~15-40). From that junction, take a habal-habal motorcycle ride all the way to the top (P70 one-way, 15 mins)

Wind Turbine Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 49.83 as of Dec 15, 2016)
  • PHP 15 tricycle ride from Caticlan to Unidos bridge
  • PHP 40 Ceres luxury bus ride from Caticlan to Unidos bridge
  • PHP 70 one-way habal-habal ride from Unidos bridge to wind turbine

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How to Get to Nabas

  • from Boracay - take the Ceres bus bound for Iloilo. Next town is already Nabas, 45 mins.
  • from Iloilo - take the Ceres bus bound for Caticlan. It doen't matter if it's via Pandan or Capiz, it will pass through Nabas.

Nabas Blogs by TheLoneRider

Suggested itinerary on the WEST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Pandan - Malumpati Spring
  5. Libertad - Maanghit Cave, Ati Cave and Bungan-Bungan Spring
  6. Sebaste - Igpasungaw Waterfall
  7. Culasi - Malalison Island
  8. Tibiao - hot kawa-bath, white water river rafting, Bugtong Bato Waterfall, rice terraces, Tibiao Bakery, pottery, fish spa
  9. Anini-y - Nogas Island, scuba diving

Suggested itinerary on the EAST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Kalibo - Bakhawan Eco-Park, Tigayon Hill
  5. Tambak - oysters
  6. Capiz - Roxas City
  7. Carles | Estancia - Gigantes Island Boat Tour, Lighthouse of Gigantes Island and Bakwitan Cave of Gigantes Island
  8. Iloilo - Batchoy Indulgence
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