Bawati is the oasis’s main settlement. Most buildings in Bawati town are new constructions. There are some simple restaurants and several hotels on, or close to, the main street. A few handicraft shops sell Bedouin rugs, camel wool blankets and other souvenirs from the oases and around Egypt.
Going about town by bicycle to visit sites and museums is good way to spend the day. Or just walking through date, olive, orange and lemon gardens, followed by lazing around at a beautiful camp in the moonlight.