It was said that during the Spanish Regime, a group of Jesuit missionaries happened to be assigned at Sapao, now called the Municipality of Sta. Monica. They were fascinated with the vast array of blooming Talisay Trees in the place where the Municipality of San Benito presently stands. Their enchantment made them to name the place “Talisay.”
Legal Basis of Creation : RA 6396
PONEAS HILLTOP HIDDEN LAKE
Poneas Hilltop Hidden Lake is a mountain top lake which is home to different species of freshwater fish. The lake’s basin area is approximately three hectares and has a depth of 37 feet. Its transparent and seemingly bottomless water reflects a mirror-like panorama of blue heavens, green hills and silver gleam of tiny fishes darting the water. Poneas Hilltop Hidden Lake is a vision of sylvan serenity. It can be reached by a 30-minute pumpboat ride from the poblacion.
KANGKANGON WHITE BEACH
The Kangkangon White Beach boasts of its white sand and crystal clear water which is potential for water sports and recreation. Kangkangon White Beach is also suitable for sun bathing and night swimming. Its silvery white sand is free of huge and pointed rocks and corals. It can be reached through a 15-minute pumpboat ride from the poblacion.
The Pagbasayan Islet is a 7.5 hectare islet of white sand surrounded by a vegetation of seaweed plantations. Seaweed culture is an alternative livelihood among the local fisherfolks. Its shallow clear waters is best for swimming for children. The islet can be reached through a 15-minute pumpboat ride from the poblacion.
Litalit Islet is a two-hectare islet surrounded with long white beaches. Its shores are famous and suitable for fish breeding and spawning due to the presence of live and healthy corals. This area is best for diving, especially those who love to see the beauty of nature underwater. Its neighboring marshland is home and breeding place of crabs, clams and other species of fish. The presence of thick and undisturbed mangrove forest mainly contributes to the existence of a diverse ecosystem. Litalit Islet can be reached through a 10-minute pumpboat ride from the poblacion.
CAMBINLING NAKED ISLAND
This unique naked island can be reached through a 20-minute pumpboat ride from the town proper. The seductive beauty of this island is displayed during mean low tides. It is haven for birds of various species and is surrounded with healthy groomed sea grass and wide array of corals.