The SpaceThink of Mirisbiris as a destination, not just a place to sleep. The gardens, forest, and beach await you. Rooms open into the courtyard, with fishpond, orchids, and central gazebo. Educational displays, a small Nature library, the coffee shop/ dining area, and a handicraft area round out the upper level. Downstairs is mostly shop area, manager's quarters, and a multipurpose room for larger groups. Most of the time it's very quiet, but there are a few times when we use the function rooms and common areas for seminars, parties, traditional folk singing, or educational video showing. No worry, we'd let you know in advance, and you might very well be invited to join! Guest AccessYou're welcome to roam through the visitor center and gardens. You can easily spend a whole day exploring Mirisbiris, or more if you delve into detail! Interaction with GuestsThe gardens and showcasing tropical Nature are our hobby, and we're delighted to share them with visitors. Glenda is the better gardener; Chris can tell you about Mayon Volcano and other things geological. We'll be delighted if you can teach us more, and/or want to get your hands dirty! Our home is just a few minutes down the road, so we're around most days and in evenings by prearrangement. Some of our staff are shy about speaking in English but they can, so draw them out to learn more about local customs, livelihood, and village life! Since we are an NGO that benefits local families, we'll be happy to tell you about that too, but only if you ask. The NeighborhoodSalvacion is a rural farming and fishing village. Mirisbiris Garden and Nature Center has 10 ha (about 25 acres). Most is natural rainforest-to-reef but the area right around the Visitor Center is planted in herbs, ornamentals, and (mostly) organic vegetables and fruits. Most of our staff are from the village.
There are no other restaurants in Salvacion, but if you prefer to eat out, we're happy to point you to some options in Legazpi, Tabaco, or Sto. Domingo town. Getting AroundThere are several ways to get to Mirisbiris. Call us for a pickup from Legazpi or Sto. Domingo (for a modest charge if we're not already making a trip), hire a taxi from Legazpi; or hire a tricycle from Sto. Domingo. The first two are easy; the third is an authentic experience! If you've already been at the upscale Misibis Resort, you can ask their driver to drop you off at Mirisbiris as we're right on the way back. For those who want to explore elsewhere in Albay, we can recommend some local tour operators who can take you around.
Within the garden, most access is by foot along a network of trails. A few parts are wheelchair accessible, and we're looking for a motorized buggy for those who can't handle the steeper hikes, e.g., that down to the beach. Other Things to NoteThe icon of Albay is Mayon Volcano, a 2460 m (8000') high near-perfect cone. Its last eruption (tiny) was in 2014; typically, it erupts more, for a few days or weeks every few years. There are several places on Mirisbiris, especially the beach, which have great views of Mayon. If you want to get closer, there's an ATV business run by our friends in Sto Domingo with whom you can explore up a river channel that exposes layers from various eruptions and lahars.