Until the Gateway Marina project opens in 2019 the safest place to anchor is just outside the west wall of the failed government marina on mud in 4-6 metres. The river entrance bridge height is around 10 metres, restricting all but the smallest sailing boats.
Inside the river on the left bank island is the new CIQ ferry terminal with daily ferries to Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru in Sumatra Indonesia. Take your tender to the main dock inside the marina or motor right up the river to the CIQ docks.
Immigration is available and you can request permission to ply the historic river with your own dinghy or join one of the many-scheduled Malacca River cruise boats. Opposite the CIQ on the south bank, the Flora de le Mar maritime museum and is worth a visit, as are the historic sites, forts and churches. Take one of the art-deco funky bicycle rickshaws to enjoy the best Malacca town has on offer. Jonker Street (walking street) is famous and well worth a stroll around sunset or after dark, and the local Mamak and Chinese street food is extraordinary.