Though the drive to Dreamgate cenote is a long and bumpy one, reaching there would feel nice and peaceful if not for the vicious humming of the mosquitoes keeping you on your toes.
Unlike some other cenotes, Dreamgate does not look like a commercial dive spot: an old-fashioned wooden pulley system lets us lower down our tanks to the water, while steep, ladder-like stairs take us to the dark and not-so-inviting hole.
The dive is simply amazing! Stalactites, stalagmites, columns, straws and so many other limestone formations with the most exotic names are everywhere! As a guide, I never know what to point out to guests as there is just so much!
Finning carefully between the columns using a modified flutter kick, I pray that the divers behind me are cautious enough and can control their buoyancy so as not to ruin the fragile formations with an over-enthusiastic kick or moment of distraction. Good dive skills are definitely required for such a dive in order to preserve these formations, which, when forming, took around 20 years to grow by 1 centimetre!
I absolutely love this dive! Although it is darker and colder, being such a highly decorated cavern makes it absolutely worth it – and gives a first taste of cave diving to the divers I guide.
The Author: Kira is a PADI MSDT, Full Cave Diver and holds an M.Sc in Marine conservation and Biodiversity.