The Naos Marine Laboratory is the largest of STRI's marine laboratories and provides an excellent opportunity for comparative studies between the Tropical Atlantic ( Caribbean ) and Eastern Pacific oceans. The Naos (Laboratory) facility is located on Naos Island , in the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal , connected by a roadway (causeway) to mainland. Naos Island lies 4km from the Bridge of the Americas at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal and is a 10 minute drive from Panama City .
Three buildings house the offices and laboratories for scientists, supporting staff, visiting scientists, and students. Part of the STRI's anthropology program is also housed in the Naos Laboratory.