28 April 2016
Husband and wife adventurers, Jeremy and Wendy, explore Hawaii’s coolest off-the-beaten-path spots in “Island ExplorersNEW YORK (April 28, 2016) – Five new and returning series that celebrate heart-pumping water thrills, gorgeous sunny beach destinations and over-the-top water attractions will hit the air on Travel Channel beginning in June. Part of the network’s “Dive Into Summer” programming event, the water-themed series showcase ultimate summer escapes with a touch of fun, sun, thrills and adventure. A special episode of “Xtreme Waterparks,” along with new series “Top Secret Swimming Holes” and “7 Water Wonders” tees up the primetime fun on Sunday, June 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. “Island Explorers,” which follows a young couple as they explore Hawaii’s coolest off-the-beaten-path spots, premieres on Sunday, July 3 at 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, while “Life’s a Beach,” which showcases the world’s most gorgeous beach paradises, joins the lineup on Sunday, July 17 at 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to Sunday’s “Dive Into Summer” programming, Travel Channel serves up off-the-beaten path adventures, celebrity faces, exotic locales and tasty destination shows during the summer months.
 
“Sunday nights this summer, we invite you to dive into a water lover’s paradise,” says Courtney White, senior vice president, programming, Travel Channel. “When you step off that plane at your vacation destination, who doesn’t want to head straight to the water? Travel Channel feeds your water-loving itch. We’re bringing the world’s most amazing pools, incredible beaches and breathtaking natural waterfalls right to you.”
 
“DIVE INTO SUMMER” PREMIERES:
 
“Xtreme Waterparks – Jeff Henry: The Madness Continues” – New Special
Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Waterslide visionary and designer Jeff Henry is back, and what he does will blow your mind. Not satisfied with holding the record for the world's tallest slide, he’s dreaming of something bigger and even wilder while racing to open the newest Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Corpus Christi, Texas. [Hour-long special]
 
“Top Secret Swimming Holes” – New Series
Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
You've never seen swimming holes like these! We’re on a mission to uncover the world's most secluded, sexy and extreme natural places to cool off. We'll hike, climb, boat and even dog-sled our way around the globe to track down the most amazing places to take a dip, jump off a cliff or explore underwater caves. From a crystal blue 100-foot waterfall buried deep in an Arizona Indian reservation and the ancient Mayan underwater caves of Mexico to America’s oldest commercial quarry in Vermont and the only place on Earth where you can share your swim with a manatee, "Top Secret Swimming Holes" gives you the keys to unlock the adventure of a lifetime. [Six hour-long episodes]
 
“7 Water Wonders” – New Series
Premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11:00 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET/PT (Back-to-Back Episodes)
Across the world, resorts are constantly redefining the pool experience to draw in more guests and up the wow factor with water features. From high-octane waterslides in Florida and lazy rivers in Hawaii to panoramic infinity edges in Jamaica and full service swim-up bars in Mexico, its clear pools are an integral part of the vacation industry. On “7 Water Wonders,” we dive into seven resort pools per episode highlighting over-the-top amenities and breathtaking design. So whether you are looking to soak, slide, sunbathe or swim, we’ve got your next aquatic vacation destination. [Four half-hour episodes]
 
“Xtreme Waterparks” – New Season
Premieres Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Get ready for a wet and wild adventure! “Xtreme Waterparks” takes viewers on an all-access, adrenaline-filled ride on the wettest, wildest, most over-the-top and exhilarating water rides in the world. Race down a dueling gravity-defying water coaster with side-by-side tracks in Phoenix – the first and only ride of its kind in America; ride the dizzying swells of the world’s largest man-made wave in Las Vegas; shoot down the fastest, most powerful water coaster on Earth in the Canary Islands – with raft speeds up to 40 mph; and harness your courage for a ride on America’s first nearly vertical waterslide loop in Wisconsin – at 10 stories tall and nearly 400 feet long, it plummets more than 50 feet per second! Season Five showcases some of the most insane waterslides and waterparks that will thrill even the craziest adrenaline junkies. [Seven half-hour episodes]
 
“Island Explorers” – New Series
Premieres Sunday, July 3 at 11:00 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET/PT (Back-to-Back Episodes)
In “Island Explorers,” husband and wife adventurers, Jeremy and Wendy Gilbert, take viewers to the coolest off-the-beaten-path spots throughout the Hawaiian Islands. From a bargain gourmet meal on Oahu and the most elusive hidden beach on Kauai to the coolest thing to do on the Big Island after dark, this is a Hawaii you won’t find in any guidebook. [Four half-hour episodes]
 
“Life’s a Beach” – New Series
Premieres Sunday, July 17 11:00 p.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET/PT (Back-to-Back Episodes)
Who says a beachside vacation has to be temporary? “Life’s a Beach” celebrates incredible beach paradises that just might make you think twice about leaving! Hit the beach and explore some of the most incredible seaside destinations that will have you coming back again and again…maybe even for good. Alongside boats, sunsets and lapping waves, we’ll dive into the beauty-rich turquoise waters of luxurious St. John; relax on a quaint little island in the Bahamas where it’s just you, the sand and surf; and explore the foodie town of Bocas Del Toro in Panama, amongst others. Plus, we’ll check in with some people who took the leap and made these paradises their full-time homes. [Seven half-hour episodes]
 
Additional new series premiering this summer include “Andrew Zimmern’s Driven By Food,” a locals-only experience with Andrew Zimmern, where city drivers play tour guide; and “Celebrity Adventure Club,” which takes viewers on incredible and intimate adventures in America alongside boldface names. Returning series include new seasons of “Bert the Conqueror,” where Bert Kreischer tackles the country’s most exciting thrill rides and challenges; “Big Time RV,” an all-access pass inside America’s largest RV dealership; “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern, exploring exotic eats all over the world; “Food Paradise,” celebrating the country’s tastiest meals; and “Secret Eats with Adam Richman,” uncovering hidden food treasures abroad. Plus, new seasons of “Mysteries at the Museum” and “The Dead Files” return, along with new episodes of “Expedition Unknown,” “Extreme RVs” and “Ghost Adventures.”
 
Check out TravelChannel.com for extra summer-themed content and travel guides. Plus, join the conversation via @TravelChannel’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Share your summer travel photos with #LiveTravelChannel for a chance to be featured on Travel Channel’s Instagram and other social platforms!
 
TRAVEL CHANNEL is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and is available in over 89 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Knoxville, Tenn., and New York, N.Y.  Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.
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