Dreamgate -Upstream

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Open Daily. Entrance fee for divers 15 USD. There are no toilets, changing facilities or equipment tables. The parking lot is at the edge of the Cenote and entry to the water is via a steep set of metal stairs to a large wooden platform at the water’s edge. Dive gear must be lowered by rope and pulley. There are 2 Permanent Cavern lines one upstream and one downstream. Maximum depth is 7m/23ft.
Dreamgate -Upstream
Dreamgate was the location for much of the underwater footage used in the filming for the BBC Planet Earth Documentary Series "Caves" episode as well as the BBC Natural World Documentary "Secrets of the Maya Underworld".

Dreamgate is located 1km south of Dos Ojos on Highway 307. From the turnoff a very rough 4km dirt road leads out into the jungle.

Dreamgate Cenote has 2 permanent Cavern lines one which leads upstream and one downstream both of which can be dived in either direction (clockwise or anticlockwise). The two Cavern dives are markedly different from one another.

The upstream Cavern line begins and ends at the platform and can be dived either clockwise or anticlockwise. Although not a very large cavern zone it is one of the most highly decorated with an abundance of beautiful, delicate formations so go slowly as there is so much to see.

The shallow water and very fragile nature of the decorations mean that excellent dive skills are a must, particularly buoyancy control. In many places Soda Straw formations can be seen. These are the preliminary stage in the growth of stalactites. These formations are very fragile and even diver’s exhaust bubbles will break them so please stay close to the guideline and view them from a safe distance to avoid any damage to this irreparable natural wonder.

There is an air dome in the center of the cavern zone and many of the stalactites from the ceiling pass through the water surface and are reflected in it.

Looking back out at the at the entrance of the cavern you can see an amazing silhouette of stalactites and stalagmites as if you are deep in the mouth of some mythical multi-fanged beast. 
Key Data
Level 4 Open Water Scuba
Diver Certification
Level 4 Very demanding - silt on the bottom and formations all over require a very good buoyancy control.
Entry fee Entry fee:
15 USD
Entry A metal ladder goes down to a wooden platform. The tanks have to be lowered by a rope.
Depth Maximum depth of
7 meters / 23 feet
Video Only for experienced videographers. Just on request allowed.
Photo Not allowed – the danger of destruction is too high
Combination In combination with:
Dreamgate - Downstream
Map of the Caverns
Cavern Diving Standards