A resource we use all the time here in New Caledonia is its phonebook. It contains helpful maps that show all of Noumea's one-way streets (no other maps seem to do so!), restaurant advertisements (it is hard to know about them otherwise, strangely enough) and of course professional addresses, like doctors and dentists.
With a paper version, you can see tangential and yet relevant companies and services. Online, you have to know the name of the company or the category -- and the categories are bizarre here. I can never seem to get my category right. Plus, you cannot type in an address to find a company (which is very useful as you may know the street but not the company name).
Maybe the online version just isn't user-friendly enough yet - or maybe I expect too much.
In any case, if any of you are looking for friends, family or companies in New Caledonia, go to www.opt.nc, right-hand side.
- If you are looking for a person, type in the last name under "nom", the first name under "prenom", select the city and click on "rechercher".
- If you are looking for a company, click on "pages professionelles" and you will be taken to a page where you can type in the name of the company, or a category and the city.